community and remembrance

term 3

the importance of country and Place

Aboriginal Language

Language is extremely important to the aboriginal people. Languages carry cultural knowledge, so the loss of a language means the loss of culture of Aborginal poeple collections to their ancestors.

''The important things about languages and what it means is that language contains the essenence of our ansestors, every word comes form place and identifies people and links land, country and the dreaming: theyare all inherent in language, therefor it means people , the land, everything."yolngu elder laurie baymarrwangga

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


language is important to the aboriginal people because the wont have theeir own real identity if the don't have language to show it. In the olden days white men used to take aboriginal people that were lighter than the rest from there familys and give them to family that were white and didn't have childrento live with them until they were older and could leave home, this is called the stolen genoration.

  • use the interactivemap to locate and identify the local language group


the local language groupe for the illawarra

is also known as tharawal,muralang and malpa

place names

The aboriginal name for shellharbour has been recorded as both yerrowah (meeting place), and wonwin (place where there were big fish). The Eurpeonean name shellharbourrefers to the large quantities of shells found in aboriginal midden's along the foreshore in the early to mid 19th century. Due to the mining for shells in the mid 19th century for the production of lime these vast middens no longer renaim.