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NGADJURI COUNTRY


  
NGADJURI COUNTRY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Ngadjuri Country is a rich and diverse region - from wine country, to mountain ranges and outback. Ngadjuri land extends from Angaston and Gawler in the south to Panaramittee and Yunta in the north and includes the Mid North, Clare Valley, Barossa, Burra, Peterborough, Orroroo, Apilla, Booleroo Centre, Jamestown, Willochra Plain, Bimbowrie, Mt Bryan and the Southern Flinders Ranges. The Ngadjuri closely interacted with their neigbours. Norman Tindale (1974) from the South Australian Museum, drew up the above map showing boundaries of the regions associated with particular Aboriginal language groups. As with all groups of humans worldwide, there have been and still are disputed land boundaries.


BUSH FOODS - NATURAL MEDICINES - TRADING
Even after extensive farming and grazing, there are still a range of traditional bush foods and natural bush medicines that can be found in specific areas of Ngadjuri country and include plants, kangaroos, birds, emus, fish, fruits, seeds, nectar, bush vegetables, grubs and insects. The Ngadjuri traded with their neighbours - items included shells, plants, animal skins, and stones tools.


LANGUAGE
Thousands of the oldest communications on earth, much older than any other ancient language known to man, including Egyptian hieroglyphs, can be found engraved on rocks across Ngadjuri Country.

There are many towns and areas of the Mid North which hint at their Ngadjuri heritage through the use of Nga
djuri names for that area.
Town Ngadjuri Meaning
Apilla hunting ground
Beetaloo springs and creek
Booborowie round waterhole
Booleroo plenty of soft mus and clay
Bundaleer among the hills
Bungaree my country
Caltowie waterhole of the sleppy lizard
Coomooroo small food seeds
Coonatta tree like sandalwood which has manna
Eudunda Eudunda Cowie is a nearby stream
Gumbowie reference to water
Kapunda water jump out
Koolunga the red banks of the Broughton River
Moockra large rock on top of a hill, rainy place
Nantabibbie black kangaroo
Oodlawirra kangaroo gum tree country
Pekina ‘ina’ means place of or belonging to
Terowie ‘owie’ means water
Ulooloo continuous and permanent stream
Walloway large plain frequented by wild turkey
Willochra plenty of akra (an edible green plant)
Wirrabara gum forest and native water
Yacka sister to the big river (Broughton)
Yarcowie wide water

NGADJURI COUNTRY - A RICH DIVERSE REGION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Ngadjuri Country - a vast expanse in outback South Australia

Ngadjuri Country - some the best wine regions in the world - Clare Valley and Barossa Valley

Ngadjuri Country - Southern Flinders Ranges

Ngadjuri Country -  Oasis in the desert - natural springs and waterholes - sustained life not only for Ngadjuri people but also for native animals, including megafauna - for thousands of years.                                                           

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