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Last of the Nomads Statues

48 Forrest Street, Wiluna
Western Australia
Last of the Nomads Statue
Credit: DWP Photography

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As you enter the town from the south you will notice a large statue. It pays tribute to the ‘Last Nomads’- Warri and Yatungka of the Mandildjara tribe.

The pair met and fell in love with each other in the 1930s, but unfortunately, their relationship was taboo according to tribal law.

The two ran away into the desert to fulfil their wish to be together. They had three children, two of whom survived the harsh and isolated conditions of the desert landscape.

They survived alone in the Gibson Desert living their traditional ways until 1976 when a severe drought threatened their existence. Their people still cared for them and so organised an aboriginal elder, Mudjon and a white explorer, Stan Gratte to search for the couple.

Suffering from near starvation they were found a few weeks later and brought back to Wiluna where they lived amongst their people until they died in 1979 within weeks of each other.

At the time Warri and Yatungka were thought to be the last aboriginal people to be living a truly nomadic lifestyle in Australia.

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48 Forrest Street, Wiluna
Western Australia
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Last of the Nomads Statues

48 Forrest Street, Wiluna
Western Australia

wiluna.wa.gov.au

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