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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Pulu IPA

Dedicated in 2009, the 15 hectare Pulu lies in the Torres Strait lies between Australia's Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea. It is of immense cultural significance to the Goemulgal — the people of Mabuyag. The kod is a revered ceremonial area and Awgadhalkula, a totemic skull cave associated with Kuyam, a legendary Mabuyag warrior.

Pulu is the site of Australia’s first known Indigenous pottery tradition. Archaeological excavations on Pulu have uncovered pottery made from western Torres Strait clays dating from between 1,700 to 2,500 years ago. It also has an ancient stone fish trap known as a graz.

Pulu is managed by Traditional Owners, including the Mabuygiw (Mabuiag) Rangers. Their activities include protecting cultural sites, recording traditional ecological knowledge, participating in research activities and removing marine debris.

State: 
Qld - Torres Strait region
Project Website: 
http://www.tsra.gov.au/the-tsra/programs-and-output/env-mgt-program/land-and-sea-ranger-program
Administration Organisation
Torres Strait Regional Authority
http://www.tsra.gov.au/
Pulu Islet. Photo: © Torres Strait Regional Authority
Pulu Islet. Photo: © Torres Strait Regional Authority