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Naming of Places
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For all Noongar people our language is central to our identity; all throughout the southwest of Western Australia there are Noongar place names, significant sites and landmarks. These connect us to our sense of place and give us a sense of belonging. The “language of the land” (Noongar place names and their meanings) connects all Noongar to their cultural heritage. The language also tells us if a place is sacred such as Waugal Mia (the Waugal Hill), Garrungup (name of the Waugal cave and meaning “place of anger”), and the language can tell us where we can and cannot go, it tells us where food resources are such as Karrakatta which means place of the crabs. Mandyuranup – Point Resolution ‘a place to catch fish’.
Blackwall Reach is known as Jenalup – place where the feet make a track, Whadjuk Nyoongar acknowledge Cantonment Hill as Dwerda Weeardinup (the place of the Dingo Spirit) and Rocky Bay is the location of the Waugal Cave where it resides. Nyoongar say it is a “sacred’ rock, it is the resting place of the Waugal.
Any project should acknowledge that Noongar language and their meanings is a very important consideration when undertaking projects that require knowledge and interpretation of places, placenames and meanings and stories when it incorporates “the first language” in this case the language of the Noongar people. This is why Moodjar uses a research approach that is rigorous in its methodology. Moodjar Consultancy applies the appropriate research tools to meet the stated objectives of the investigation.
Moodjar has a unique methodology for identifying Noongar place names that involves three stages such as Start-up, engagement with the local noongar community via workshops and Reporting the findings with our client.
The purpose of these workshops is to educate and empower the public in the following:
These workshops will ensure that a robust and respectful process is followed for all proposed Noongar place names.
Moodjar will work collaboratively with our clients and will interrogate the Noongar language, identify the meaning and/or meanings of the word and/or name or names and make recommendations for the priority project placenames for our clients.
Some of our recent projects include:
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