COMMUNITY & REMEMBRANCE
THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNTRY & PLACE
Language is extremely important to the Aboriginal peoples. Languages carry cultural knowledge, so the loss of a language means the loss of culture, 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 identifiies people and links to the land, country, the dreaming:they are all inherent in language therefor it means the poeple, the land, everything. " Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga
. Use the interactive map to locate and indentify the loal language group.
The local language group for the Illawarra is Tharawal
It is also know as Wollongong
SPIRIT OF THE LAND-POPPLET
The Aboriginal name for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (meeting place), and Wonwin,