Everett depicts Darug
descendants in Western Sydney, who have identified as Darug
within the last thirty years, trying hard to be 'Darug
', by practising 'forms of "primitive" dance, engaging in certain kinds of ceremonies and speaking a version of what is claimed to be the Darug
The book is illustrated with b&w and color photos and historical illustrations, and includes a glossary of Eora, Darug
, Dharawal, and Gandangara words.
The insistence on Darug as a tribal identifier in Sydney, for instance, which has had the support of academics like James Kohen, presents no difficulty so long as origins are understood.
did not know much about the Darug landscape and way of living'.
Participants were welcomed by a representative of the Darug
people, on whose traditional lands the city of Sydney now stands.
Welcome is about Darug country, not puttin' our name to that rubbish.
Unlike the federal court that uses native title to distinguish between traditional Aboriginal owners and Aboriginal people who have different kinds of rights to land (Merlan 2006:86), people who invite Darug to give welcome ceremonies and the general public seem to have a very different idea.
1988 On Darug
land : An Aboriginal perspective, Greater Western Education Centre Ltd, St Marys, NSW (Social History of Western Sydney Kit).
Link in association in Blacktown and District Historical Society.
She says (2009:58) 'welcome to country ceremonies are Darug
That these events happened two months after smallpox appeared in the harbour suggests very strongly that the Darug
and Darginung (75) speaking people of the inland may have been just then beginning to suffer from smallpox, and that it originated around Sydney Cove rather than to the north or north-west.
This is traditional Darug
country lying within the Blue Mountains National Park and Grose Wilderness.