COMMUNTY & REMEMBRANCE

TERM 3

THE IMPORTANCE OF COUTRY & PLACE

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

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

"The important thing about language and what it means is that laguage 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 Laruie Baymarrwangga

Explain the importance of the Aboriginal people in your own words.

Language is important to the Aboriginal people because they can tell ( to pass down) the Aboriginal Deam time stories

SPIRIT OF THE LAND-POPPLET

PLACE NAMES

The Aboriginal name of 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 mid19th centery.Due to the mining of shells in the mid 19th centery for the production of the lime these vast middens no longer remain.