The land on which the Home is located and the river that runs by its side are of great cultural significance to the local Aboriginal Darug
people, namely the Burramattagal.
It will also feature an integrated Aboriginal and natural heritage program that will focus on the local Darug
people of Western Sydney.
Working with Darug
communities in Sydney, Everett describes a linguistic situation similar to that in Tasmania.
The territory he regards as "the emptiest place in the world, too wild for any man to have made it his home" (101) is, in fact, inhabited by the Darug
people, who are unpredictable and frightening.
The book is illustrated with b&w and color photos and historical illustrations, and includes a glossary of Eora, Darug
, Dharawal, and Gandangara words.
did not know much about the Darug
landscape and way of living'.
This is traditional Darug
country lying within the Blue Mountains National Park and Grose Wilderness.
Participants were welcomed by a representative of the Darug
people, on whose traditional lands the city of Sydney now stands.
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
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.
1988 On Darug
land : An Aboriginal perspective, Greater Western Education Centre Ltd, St Marys, NSW (Social History of Western Sydney Kit).
She says (2009:58) 'welcome to country ceremonies are Darug