Community & Remembrance
THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNTRY & PLACE
Language is extremely important to the Aboriginal people. Languages carry cultaral 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 esscence of our ancestors, every word comes from place and identities people and links to the land,country, the dreaming:they are all inherent in language, therefore it means the people, the land, everything." Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga.
the local language group for the Illawarra is Tharwal
It is also known as Wollongong