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Sunset at Jigalong Mission, Western Australia, June 1959.   //   Jigalong Mission, situated in the north-west of Western Australia is surrounded by sparse Weeping Mulga (Wintamara) bushland, and open gibber (small polished stones) of the Little Sandy and  Gibson Deserts. In1959 it was a remote locality with limited contact with the outside world. Now a growing centre of aboriginal culture with a developing community awareness of the future of the settlement. Population less than 300, with a six teacher school for kindergarten to Yr12, and managed by the traditional land-owners - the Martu people - main language speakers Mantjiljara and Katatjara of the Western Desert Language family.   /  Weeping Mulga - Fabaceae: Acacia paraneura. Characteristic weeping (=drooping) foliage gives it its name. Found mainly in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia from the border with South Australia westwards to Meekatharra and the Rudall River area. Conservation Status: Least Concern.   //Eric Lindgren//