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Uutaalnganu (Night Island) People

Category: People
Sub Category:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander | Native Title Claimants (registered) | Native Title Holders (Native Title Act)

Cape York

State/Country:Queensland, Australia
Legal Status:

Claimant group for National Native Title Tribunal file no.: QCD2021/007. 

Alternative Names:
  • Kawadji
  • Pontunj
  • Yakonyu
  • Uwtalngan
  • Subject Matter:Cultural Heritage | Customary Law | Environmental Heritage | Native Title
    Summary Information:

    AIATSIS Thesaurus language code and map grid reference (Y211) (Qld SD54-04).

    The Uutaalnganu (Night Island) People's native title rights and interests were recognised in Ross on behalf of the Cape York United #1 Claim Group v State of Queensland (No 3) [2021] FCA 1465. 

    At [2] Mortimer J explains that the name 'Night Island' is used by group members as well as anthropologists, citing anthropologist, Dr David Thompson's connection report:

    "The common reference of Uutaalnganu people as "Night Island" by themselves and others has its origins in the contact lugger period when a beche-de-mer base camp was located on the coast opposite Night Island ... and both the location and local people were known as "Night Island" in the early pidgin of the time'.

    See Schedule 1 of the determination for a detailed description of the Uutaalnganu (Night Island) People.

    Detailed Information:

    Related Entries

  • Ross on behalf of the Cape York United #1 Claim Group v State of Queensland (No 3) [2021] FCA 1465 - Native Title Claimant

  • References

    Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) (2020) Language and Peoples Thesaurus 2020

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