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Culture

The Warddeken and Djelk IPAs are home to more than 100 clans and an extensive linguistic diversity. Twelve Indigenous languages, each with a number of dialects, remain in everyday use. 

The music, dance and visual arts from the region are appreciated locally, nationally and internationally. The Warddeken and Djelk IPAs contain an extraordinary number of rock art galleries, rivaling in number, antiquity and beauty any other area in the world. This stunning visual record of human presence in the landscape, changing climates and the rise and fall of sea levels extends from 50,000 years ago to the present. 

The work of rangers includes caring for rock art and cultural sites and Indigenous custom guides their management practice on a daily basis. Ensuring that customary land management knowledge continues to be used and is passed from generation to generation is at the heart of their work.