Girringun Ranger Andrew Congoo carrying Hawksbill at James Cook University © WWF-Australia/Woody Spark

Girringun Ranger Andrew Congoo carrying Hawksbill at James Cook University © WWF-Australia/Woody Spark

Indigenous Cultural Significance of the Bungaroo (Saltwater Turtle)

22 May 2022

Keywords
  • great barrier reef
In this gorgeous video, Girringun Ranger Andrew Congoo talks about why the bungaroo (saltwater turtle) means so much to Indigenous Saltwater people in Australia.
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“The turtle is culturally significant to us. For the Saltwater tribes, it was a source of food. To see their numbers decline, it’s really a big problem", Andrew says.

 

Girringun Ranger Andrew Congoo holding Hawksbill at James Cook University © WWF-Australia/Woody Spark

 

For Andrew, caring for this culturally significant, totemic animal is a vital part of respecting Indigenous culture. "It is important for myself, and for all of us to look after our bungaroo. Not just for ourselves, but for our children and for future generations.”

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