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Mungo Lady and Mungo Man

A note about Aboriginal remains

The recovery and management of the remains of ancestors is an issue of great sensitivity to Aboriginal people. This sensitivity comes from both cultural beliefs and the treatment of Aboriginal people by governments, scientists and others in the recent past. Many skeletons and other remains, both ancient and modern, were taken and studied without permission. Some were scattered, sent overseas and kept in collections. This is still a controversial issue today and not all remains have been returned to their Country and their people.

You cannot see the remains of Mungo Man and Mungo Lady today, and you will not see pictures of them on this website. We hope the information that is provided here will help you understand how important Mungo Lady and Mungo Man are to the Ngiyampaa, the Mutthi Mutthi and the Paakantji, to all Aboriginal people, to all Australians and to people everywhere.