Nyamba Buru Yawuru

This is the place of Yawuru

Representing the Yawuru people, the traditional owners of the country around Broome, Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY) is committed to a vision of mabu liyan, mabu buru, mabu ngarrangunil – Good liyan, (well-being), healthy country, strong community. As an objective of their Cultural Management Plan, NBY started Mangara (which means forever) as their living archive in 2014. Using the Storylines database, they began to build their collection, train emerging curators and share their story through exhibitions and other interpretative methods such as apps, walking trails, books, tours, signage and public art. NBY has also set up the Yawuru Nan-ga (language) and Nurlu (song and dance) programs to rekindle their cultural traditions. They also work in creative partnerships with organisations such as the WA Museum, producing the award-winning outcomes such as Lustre: Pearling & Australia travelling exhibition.


55 Reid Road
Broome WA 6725

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri 8am - 4:30pm

On the foreshore of Roebuck Bay

In the 1980s, as Broome was becoming a popular ‘beach destination' for tourists, the old pearling heritage of Broome was slowly disappearing. Nyamba Buru Yawuru decided to create a walking trail from...

Waking up the spirit

Without any of their old artefacts, or the money to purchase them, the Yawuru senior men decided to make their own collection for the Bugarrigarra Nyurdany (because of the Dreaming) exhibition...

Creating water

In Bugarrigarra, all the Jila (water sources) in Yawuru country were created by this jarndu (woman). As she walked the country she carried her pin-ga (bailer shell) spilling drops of water here and...

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