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The Wangurri homeland is at Dhalinybuy, a freshwater community on the Cato River surrounded by forest. Mutamul is one of the most remote homelands – it has no airstrip or road access. Clan members speak the Dhaŋu language. The Wangurri clan surnames are Munyarryun and Djerrkura.

Notable Wangurri clan members include several activists, athletes, artists, and clan leaders. Gatjil Djerrkura OAM was a clan leader and Indigenous spokesman who served as Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). His son Nathan Djerrkura is a former professional Australian rules footballer. Djakapurra Munyarryun is a dancer and choreographer who helped create the Bangarra Dance Theater. Buwathay Munyarryun is an artist and ordained minister of the Uniting Church. His father Mathuḻu helped establish and maintain the homeland at Dhalinybuy with Bawurr.

Wangurri is part of the Yirritja moiety. Nguykal (ancestral kingfish) is the ancestral power totem of the Wangurri. Other clans, like Maŋgalili and Guyamirrilili are connected to the Wangurri through this totem. Wulawala is the saltwater estate that incorporates ancestral animals (the giant clam, squid, octopus, etc.) as well as objects (knives, anchors, coral spawn, and cloud).