community & rememberance

term 3



Language is extremely important to the aboriganal people. languages carry cultrual knowledge. so the loss of a language means the loss of a cultrual, of Aboriganal peoples connections to their ancestors.

The important thing about language and what it means is that language contains essence of our ancestors, every word comes from place and identifies people and link to the land, country country, the dreaming: they are all inherent in language, therefore it means the people, the land, everything.'' yolnuga elder laurie baymarrwangga

explane the importance of language to the aboriginal people in your own words

the aboriginal language is important to them because they were born with that language

spirit of the land-popplet

Place Names

The aboriginal name for 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 to mid 19th century.due to the mining in the mid 19th century for the production of lime these vast middens no longer remain.

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