Far West Coast

Overview

Far West Coast in South Australia is home to a number of Indigenous people:

Oak Valley is a community established by the Southern Pitjantjatjara (referred to as Anangu) on Maralinga Tjarutja lands. The population, which fluctuates significantly and is usually approximately 100 comprises Traditional Owners moving regularly between Yalata and Tjuntjuntjara across the border in Western Australia and communities on the APY lands to the north. Community members have a strong traditional culture and ties to country, with English being a second language.

The Scotdesco homeland property, ‘Tjilkaba’ is approximately 10,000 hectares in area and is used predominantly for farming, housing and cultural activities (such as hunting). The community comprises approximately 80 persons. The people are Wirangu with links to Kokatha and Mirning families and cultures.

Yalata is located on the traditional land of the coastal peoples, 140 kilometres south of Ooldea. In the 2011 Census Yalata population was given as 294. The  descendants of Pitjantjatjara Anangu desert people, they were brought to Yalata Mission from their traditional lands to the north and northwest when the Australian and British Governments decided to use their lands for testing atomic bombs.

Koonibba is one of the oldest Aboriginal communities in South Australia, and in the 2011 Census listed 142 people as residents.  The local Aboriginal people predominantly speak English as their working language, but their endangered local Aboriginal languages of Wirangu, Mirning and Kokotha are currently being preserved and revived within the community.