COMMUNITY & REMEMBRANCE
THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNTRY & PLACE
Language is extremely important to the aborginal peoples. Languages carry cultural knowledge, so the loss of language means the loss of cultural, of Aboringnal 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 andand identifies people and links to the land, country, the dreaming: they are all inherent in language, therefore it means the poeple, the land, everything."Yolngu Elder laurie Baymarrwangga.
*Explain the importance of language to the Aboringnal people in your own words.
Language is important because that's is the way they communicate to each other. There Language is like there spirits. When they eat or find a new place to live a new spirit is born.
*Use the interactive map to locate and idenify the local language group.
The local language group for the Illawarra is Tharawal
It is also known as Wollongong
SPIRT OF THE LAND-POPPLET
The Aborignal names for shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerowah (meeting place) ,and Wonwin, (place where there were big fish). The Eurpean name Shellharbour refers to the large quanitites of shells found in Aborignal middens along the foreshore in the early to mid 9th century. Due to the minning of shells in the mid 19th century for the production of lime these vast middens no longer remain.