Aboriginal People in Sydney

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Running head:ABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN SYDNEYABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN SYDNEYName of the Student:Name of the University:Author Note:
1ABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN SYDNEYSituationAboriginal people have always lived in the Sydney district. The original natives who have livedin the city itself are the Gadigal people. The Council of Sydney acknowledges the Aboriginal andthe Torres Strait Islander peoples as the actual custodians and owners to the lands where Sydneyis situated. There are almost twenty-nine clans and tribes in the Sydney metropolitan area, whoare collectively revered to as the Eora Nation (Heiss& Gibson, 2015). The whole of the Sydneydistrict has been traditionally occupied by various Aboriginal people. The territory of the Gadipeople stretches from the southern side of Port Jackson, South Head to Petersham. TheAlexandra canal and the Cooks river lie to the south of the territorial border of these people. Thecurrent discussion would be looking into the upcoming event that would be exhibiting thedifferent aspects of the Aboriginal lives and culture of Sydney, which is scheduled to be heldnear the harbour, and understand how would it be beneficial for me to know my community andculture in a better light. The exhibition has been aptly named “The Aboriginals of Sydney: OurHeritage”.The Eora people are the natives living in the coastal region of Sydney. The word wasused by the Aboriginal people to describe to the earliest British settlers to describe where theycame from, as well as to describe themselves as a clan (MacPhersonet al., 2016). To this day, theterm is used by the descendants of the original Eora people and is like a mark that is proudlyworn.The exhibition that is being organised by the city’s Aboriginal community aims to exposethe side of the ancient tribes that is unknown for many people, including the Aboriginal people,especially the younger generations. This exhibition would be helpful for me to understand myown community and culture in a better way. Moreover, the event would benefit me to properly
2ABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN SYDNEYassess the influence of the Aboriginal people on the European settlers and also look at theAboriginals as my ancestors as well. The heritage of Sydney cannot by any means leave thenatives out and this would facilitate me to have a better grasp of the legacy of the region.EvidenceThe native Gadi people use ancestral stories and ancient rituals to exert and establish theirconnection with the land, animals, sea, skies and the nature as a whole. When the first Europeansettlers arrived in Sydney to establish the Penal Colony, about two hundred distinct nativelanguages were spoken in the region (McKenna, 2015). The invasions almost wiped out theentire Gadigal people; however, the descendants of the Eora survived and are now an integralpart of the metropolitan Sydney area. There have been many debates regarding as to which groupdo the twenty-nine clans belong to. It has been, however, established that while the Eora are thecoastal occupants of the region, the Dharug or the Darug live in the inland areas, stretching fromParramatta to the Blue Mountains. On the other hand, the Dharawal people have lived in the areathat lies south of Botany Bay and extends as far south as the Nowra region and across theGeorges River in western Sydney (McKenna, 2015). The northern part of Port Jackson along thecoast was inhabited by the Guringai or the Kuring-gai people. The group that is described as the“Eora”, is comprised of the clans Gadigal, Wallumedegal, Boromedegal, Gamaragal, Wangal,Borogegal, Gayamaygal and the Birrabiragal. Darug, Guringai and Dharawal are the threeprimary languages of the clan. Gundungurra was spoken in the south-west region of the territoryand Darginung was spoken to the north-west of the Hawkesbury River.The tribes of this regionrelied heavily on fishing and other marine occupations.As the early colonisers arrived to Sydney, the Aboriginal people were friendly towardsthe new settlers. Even then, occasional problems did ensue from time to time. Yet, a cordial
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