Date : Monday 30th April 2012
Time : 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm.
Venue: Mabo Room AIATSIS, Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula. ACT
RSVP: 25th April 2012, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch and refreshments will be served.
Nguny Walwalbaliny Nitja Katatjin Boodjera Kwel: Koora, Yiye Mila Boordawan.
“I am creating the knowledge of Country place names: from the past to now and into the future.”
The Nyungar people are the traditional owners of the lands of south western Australia, and the karluck, our home fires, are central to our cosmology. The Nyungar language is commonly used for place-names in the south west of Australia. However, the background of the creation of these locations and the meaning of their names are yet to be fully researched and understood from an Indigenous perspective.
Many town and street names, as well as geographical features, are based on the Nyungar language names in the southwest. However, we still need Nyungar people to explain how to interpret these place-names.
This presentation examines the Nyungar people’s contribution in recording place-names in Nyungar country in colonial times. Little critical academic or scholarly research has been undertaken until now. My project uses a database model which investigates Nyungar wordlists to interpret the meanings of place names in the area my Grandfather Tom Bennell called "ngullar boodjar" (or “our land”).
A/Prof Len Collard – ARC Indigenous Research Fellow, Curtin University