Mandandanji people have been involved in the Western district of Queensland, around Roma long before occupation. The oldest dated site on Mandandanji country records dates to 9000 years ago.
Since occupation, Mandandanji people have been employed on stations, at the abattoir, in town, in Government and on the railways across the region.
Mandandanji people have a strong connection with and care for the country. Since 1995 we have been actively and formally involved in the Native Title process.
In literature, Mandandanji is also spelt as Mandandayi, Mundaeinbura or Mundainbara, our language was also known as Kogai. Kogai was the term used historically to describe a cluster of related languages in Western Queensland.
Mandandanji were and are known as the ‘fishing people’ which was a reference to Mitchell’s observation of a group weaving fishing nets for use in the Condamine River.
This is reflected in our logo which shows the Kangaroo, a totem for the people and the fishing net in the background, with the strong indigenous colours of red, gold and black.
The following represents a selection of Mandandanji words related to the environment of the Condamine River.
Native Title Claim
Mandandanji people have claimed an area across Western Queensland as shown on the map.
On 7th of March 2018 Mandandanji was given a negative determination for Native Title for the area we claim.
Mandandanji will take our claim to the state and federal ministers to challenge this ruling.
The people listed here are the former Applicant group that represented Mandandanji in the Native Title claims.
We would like to thank them for all their hard work
- Leslie Weribone
- Neville Munn
- Theresa Manns
- Alex Costa
- Max MacDonald
- Alexandra Combarngo
- Leigh Himstedt
- Jude Saldanha
- Wayne Weribone
- Rodney Landers
- Tracey Landers
- Vincent Anderson
MCHS has been working with Maranoa Regional Council to develop the parklands at the Eastern Edge of Roma close to Bungill Creek. The Council refers to these parklands as the ‘Mandandanji Park’. The land is currently zoned as ‘road and water reserve’ and is managed by the Council. Council is formally working with MCHS to excise part of the reserve and change the registration to ‘cultural reserve’. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines will ultimately make the decision to change zoning and custodianship of the parklands.
To date MCHS has built a static display at the parklands, which houses a significant scar tree and an array of artefacts. These are all stored in a boomerang shaped display case. MCHS and members of Mandandanji have considered what other features they would like at the parklands and have developed a concept site plan.
Mandandanji hopes to secure funding to develop a toilet block, yarning circle and a building, which will reflect history boards and information on Mandandanji Apical Ancestors, Businesses, Mandandanji service men and insight into Mandandanji arts and culture and interpretation of the landscape of western Queensland.
The Mandandanji Dreaming Festival was established in 2016 and is held every Easter Saturday as part of Roma’s Easter In The Country celebrations.
The Dreaming Festival is a vital part of Mandandanji’s outreach to the wider Roma and district community.
Activities may include face painting, live music, bush tucker and traditional dance workshops as well as taking part in the Easter In The Country parade.