Community & Remembrance

Term 3

Aborignal Language

Language is extremely important to the Aborignal peoples. Language carry curtural knowlegde, so loss of a language means loss of culture, of Aborignal people's connection to their ancestors.

The important thing about Launguage and what it means is that Language contains the essence of our ancestors, every word comes from place and identifies people and links the land, country the dreaming :they are all inherent in Language, therefor it means the people, the land everthing "Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga


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  • Explain the importantance of Language of the Aborignal people in your own words

Language is important to the Aborignal people because... they have been using their language for over 4,000 years and they wouldn't like learning a new one. Their language means everything to them. If your language is taken away from you them you would have no sense of self. You would not know what do with yourself and everthing that you have learnt about your language is gone and you have to learn a new one. You would have to go to tafe to revise your new language. It also so means a loss of culture. All of their memories as a kid would be lost.

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Use the interavtive map to locate language group

Wollgong lacal laguage is called Thrawal.

Place Names

The Aborignal name for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (meeting place where there were big fish). The Europoean name for Shellharbour refers to the large qunaities of shells found in Aborignal middens along the foreshore in the early to mid 19th century. Due to the mining of shells in the mid 19 thcentury for the production of lime these vast middens no longer remain.