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n. pl. Dharuk or Dha·ruks
1. A member of an Aboriginal people of southeast Australia. The first Aborigines to encounter English settlers (1788), the Dharuk were culturally assimilated into the Australian population beginning in the mid-1800s.
2. The extinct Pama-Nyungan language of the Dharuk.
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The government is working to commercialise the country's agriculture sector," he said while addressing the concluding ceremony of a function on Shahid Darug Ali municipality ground, making the 150 anniversary of Sherpur municipality.
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.
Everett (2009:53) argues that these acts are tacitly (and I add often explicitly) about claims to land, positing that 'welcome to country might be understood by whites as a "safe" kind of inclusive gesture of recognition all the time knowing that such claims are not legally enforceable.' 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.
This is traditional Darug country lying within the Blue Mountains National Park and Grose Wilderness.
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 language' (2009:54).
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.