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

The important things about language and what it means is that language contains the essence of our ancesters, 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, land, everything . ''Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga.

* Explain the importantce of language to the Aboriginal people in your own words.

Language is important to the Aboriginal people because it holds their culture and ancestorey. It means to them were they come from, there traditional culture, their community backrounds and everythig that makes them who they are.

The local language group for the Illawarra is Tharawal.

It is also known as Curu.