Aboriginal Tribe

Guugu Yimithirr


Guugu Yimithirr tribe people is located at Northern Queensland 46km away by road from nearest Cooktown.

First record Aboriginal Language

In 1770, according to crew member leading by Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook in his HM Bark Endeavour explorer. Guugu Yimithirr people hosted captain Cook for seven weeks, so not only did captain Cook was able to repair his ship, but also his crew members such as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson engaged in dialogue with Guugu Yimithirr people, and named the giant hopping marsupial - Gangurru/Kangaroo. Guugu Yimithirr tribe has language is quite different to other islanders that it sounds more like English to a certain degree.

The Saltwater People

Guugu Yimithirr people were also know as "saltwater" people because they were seen fishing in a canoe.

Hope Vale Shire Council

- In 1886, the area was setup as Hope Valley Mission by Lutheran Missionary John Flierl.

- In 1949, There was a group of Guugu Yimithirr people return to this area, and this marked as reclaim of the tribe area.

- Today, Guugu Yimithirr tribe area is Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council with over 60 years local history and over 100,000 years of tribe existing.