Community & remembrance

term 3

The importance of country & place

Aboriginal language

language is extremely important to the Aboriginal peoples. Language carry cultural knowledge, so the loss of a language means the loss of culture, of Aboriginal people's connections to thier ancestors.

"The important thing about language and what it means is that language contains the essence of our ancestors, every word comes from place and identifies people and links to the land, country the dreaming: they are all inherent in language. Therefore it means the people. the land. everything." yolgu Elder Laurie Boymarrwangga

  • Explain the importance of language to the Aboriginal people in your own words

language is important to the aboriginal people because it is all they have, if they lose their language they lose culter. Imagan being told you were't allowed to speak your language or believe what you want to believe.

  • Use the interactive map to locate and identify the local language group.

The local language group for the illawarra is Th

spirit of the land-popplet


The aboriginal name for shellharbour has been recorded as both yerrowah (meeting place) , and wonwin, (place where there were big fish). The Eurpoean name shellharbour refers to the large quanitites of shells found in aboriginal middens along the foreshore in the early to mid 19th century for the production of lime these vast middens no longer remain.