COMMUNITY AND REMEMBRANCE

TERM 3

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

Language is extremely important to the aboriginal peoples. Language carry cultral knowledge,so the loss of language means loss of cultre, of Aboriginal people's connections to their 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." Yolngu Elder laurie Baymarrwangga

Explain the importance of language in your own words

language is very important to the aboriginal people because it's how you show to the world your culture and how diffrent you are and with out all that you would feel empty.


Use the interactive mapto locate and identify the local aboriginal language group


The location is Southwest and the identification of the group is Malpa.

SPIRIT OF THE LAND

PLACE NAMES

The aboriginal name for Shelllharbour has been recorded both Yerrowah,(meeting place) and Wonwin,(place were there are big fish).The European name Shellharbour refers to the large quantity of shells found in aboriginal middens along the foreshore in the early to mid 19th century. Due to the mining of shells in the mid 19th century for the production of lime these vast middens no longer remain.