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creation story

Coloured Sands Creation

The Barramundi (Murribul), the Sea Eagle (Wandii), and the Carpet Snake (Mungaru all lived on top of their flat top mountain with their tribe. One day the Mungarru did a bad thing and broke their tribal protocol. Because of this he needed to be put to death. The Wandii and the Murrabul chased him, and he jumped into the sea to get away. He swam across the bay, chased by Wandii. He then came ashore. Wandii the Sea Eagle caught him and killed him there. The blood, bones and flesh of the Mungarru created the coloured sands.



The Yuwaal Thiithaarr Warra Aboriginal Corporation was created to represent the Thiithaarr Warra Nation. We aspire to be transparent in all endeavours, encapsulating the wishes of the Thiithaarr Warra Nation.



Our mission is to disseminate information in a timely fashion to make a sustainable and economically viable future for the benefit of current and future generations. We unify the five branches of the Thiithaarr Warra family tree and protect and preserve the pristine natural beauty of Thiithaarr Warra Country.

who are we

who are we?

The Thiithaarr Warra Nation is from South East Cape York, 76km NorthEast of Cooktown. Thiithaarr Warra Country is otherwise known as Elim Beach, Cape Bedford.

We speak a dialect of the Guugu Yimithirr language, referred to as ‘Thaluunthirr’ which means “from the deep sea.” We are saltwater people.

Our country is home to cultural sites from the Hopevale first mission, natural water springs and the Coloured Sands.

There are at least 15 varieties of tea-trees which grow on country. Thiithaarr is the Guguu Yimithirr word for one variety of these trees. The Thiithaarr Warra people today are descendants of Dahlma and his son Bartholomew Deemal who had five children.

The Deemal name is one of the few surnames derived from the Guugu Yimithirr language. The story behind the Deemal name is transcribed below by Francis Deemal

“In our country, especially a place between North and South Cape Bedford, is a place called Guguli. This is because of the Gugiil trees there. The Gugiil is a relatively small tree but with hard wood. Out of this wood is made the Dhiimaal – the firestick. That is our real name and not the Anglicised ‘Deemal.’”


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