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Spotlight on Kaurna language and history for NRW 2020

Friday 29 May 2020

Holdfast Bay has taken the opportunity to celebrate the unique culture and history of the Kaurna people during this National Reconciliation Week with a series of Kaurna language decals installed at culturally significant sites and landmarks.

The decals, which can be seen at 26 locations across the city, share the Kaurna place name alongside the English name, and includes a short sentence about what the word means.

Among them are Glenelg - Pathawilyangga – Swamp gums and foliage young branches, brushwood; Brighton – Wituwartingga, In the midst of the reeds (witu ‘reed’) and Seacliff Park – Witawartingga, In the midst of the peppermint gums (wita ‘peppermint gums’)

At the Tjilbruke Monument at Kingston Park, is a footpath decal which says Tulukutangga – Kaurna form of Ngarrindjeri name ‘Tulukudangk’

Most of the place name decals are dotted along the Coastal Path, with four more at Brighton library. There's also a large map showing all the culturally significant sites in Holdfast Bay, which are detailed in the Kaurna yarta – ana Cultural Map brochure.

A virtual video tour of the Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together) exhibition at the Bay Discovery Centre also premiered this week, showcasing the truth about how South Australia was colonised.

The video has been shared with schools and the wider community and gives an overview of the permanent exhibition, which opened at the Bay Discovery Centre in December last year.

Created in partnership with Kaurna Nation, the exhibition details the settlement of South Australia in parallel with the historical experiences of Aboriginal people.

NRW is held between 27 May – 3 June and commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision of 1992.