The Kimberley Foundation Australia's (KFA) purpose is to promote scientific research into the rock art of the Kimberley and, in conjunction with the indigenous people of the region, ensures it is preserved and recognised for its national and international significance. KFA supports a research program that advances the understanding of the duration, nature and context of Indigenous cultural heritage in the Kimberley.
In 1993 four Aboriginal, David Mowaljarlai, Laurie Gawanulli, Paddy Wamma and Paddy Neowarra were seeking to ‘build bridges of two-way understanding and two-way learning’ between traditional Kimberley aborigines and non–aboriginal people. They were concerned that their culture, their law and traditions were not only being lost to future generations of aborigines, but were not known nor understood by other Australians. They approached a Kimberley pastoralist to encourage people of influence to visit the Kimberley so that they could share stories of their country. Initially Friends of Ngarinyin, it later changed its name to ‘Friends of the Wandjina’ to reflect the broader tribal interest. In 1998, it was registered as the Wandjina** Foundation. In 2002, as its interests grew and to reflect its broader objectives, the Foundation was renamed the Kimberley Foundation Australia.
** The Wandjina people comprise three tribes: Ngarinyin (the largest group), the Worrora and the Wunumbal.