About the Adnyamathanha people
The Adnyamathanha or Yura people are the Traditional Owners of the Flinders Ranges and have lived in the region for tens of thousands of years. Adnyamathanha means ‘rock’ or ‘hills people’ in the Yura Ngawarla language. Wilpena Pound or Ikara, which means ‘the meeting place’, is a sacred place with strong cultural and spiritual significance to the Adnyamathanha people.
The Adnyamathanha culture is vibrant and continues to be passed from generation to generation. The Adnyamathanha people have a strong, cultural, and spiritual connection to this land and Ikara Wilpena as a sacred place. The Adnyamathanha belief systems tell of the creation of their traditional lands, they tell of spiritual snakes making up the walls of Ikara Wilpena. The best way to learn more about the culture is from Adnyamathanha people themselves.
In 2009, the Adnyamathanha people were formerly recognised as the Traditional Owners of Wilpena Pound and Flinders Ranges region as part of South Australia’s fourth native title agreement. Since 2011, they have jointly managed the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park with the South Australian Government.