COMMUNITY & REMEMBRANCE
THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNTRY & PLACE
LanguageIS extremely important to the Aboriginal peoples. Language carry culture knowlage, so the loss of language means loss of culture, of aboriginal people's connections to their ancetors.
"The important thing about language and what it means is that language 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 inherret in language, therefore it means the people, the land, everything. "Youlngu Elder Laurie Baymarrmangga.
* Explain the impotance of language to the Aboriginal people in your own words.
Language is important because there would be a vast hole in my life and I wouldn't be able to understand my family. I couldn't celebrate Christmas or Easter.
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The local language group for the Illawarra is Tharawal
It is also known as Wollongong.
SPIRIT OF THE LAND-POPLET
The Aboriginal name for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (meeting place), and Wowin, (plaace where there were big fish.) The European name for Shellharbour refers to the large quantities of shells found in Aboriginal middens along foreshore in the early to mid 19TH century. Due to the minning of shells in the mid 19TH century for the production of lime these vast middrns no longer remain.