Aboriginal people have occupied and continued to practice their own cultural traditions on and maintained the land in Cape York Peninsula for many thousands of years. The Indigenous people of the region comprised several language groups living in discrete areas.
The Hope Vale population is comprised of thirteen immediate clan groups in the land surrounding Hope Vale. In addition to these clans, the community is made up of approximately nine clans within the Guugu Yimidhirr speaking people.
The most commonly spoken languages within Hope Vale today is Guugu Yimidhirr. Related languages to Guugu Yimidhirr and English are also spoken within the community. The traditional land and sea country around Hope Vale community cover freshwater springs, palm tree lined rivers and beautiful bright coloured sand dunes.