Juluwarlu’s cultural recording and archiving project was started by Lorraine Coppin in the Ngurrawaana Community on the Yindjibarndi tablelands in 1998 with elder Woodley King and his grandson, Michael Woodley, and was incorporated in 2000.
Juluwarlu took its first steps in 1999. Until then, there had been no enduring agency in Roebourne that had taken up the work of recording local culture That the work of cultural recording was being taken up by a new generation of Indigenous activists, and that they had successfully established a local archive and recording centre, was enormously significant.
Juluwarlu’s purpose is to collect, sustain and promote knowledge of Yindjibarndi culture – our ngurra, wanda, and animals, our language, genealogy, mythology, social history, and biography to sustain our Yindjibarndi identity, self esteem, respect and other values we consider vital to our lives, our well-being and our culture future. We do this for our children and our future generations so that they too, are inspired to contribute to our Australian national community.
Juluwarlu’s Organisational Objective is:
To provide a sustainable, professional, institutional structure, which reinforces, engages and allows access to Ngaarda heritage, history and language, effectively empowering Aboriginal people in our cultural, artistic, social, economic, political and environmental pursuits.