Wadawurrung language: Kuarka dorla

Our Culture

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Description Wadawurrung country stretches from the mountains to the sea. It includes hills, rivers and grassy plains, creeks and coasts and includes modern towns such as Werribee, Geelong and Ballarat in Victoria.

Since colonisation, white fellas have tried to write down our Wadawurrung language, even though there are no equivalent sounds in English.

We had no written language so early settlers wrote down what they heard using their own language trying to reproduce the sounds.

In this series of short films we correct some of the language spelling of the places we all know and explain the meaning behind our stories.

Language needs a place to live, and this is a chance for us to tell our stories and our language.

Our language is sleeping, but will soon reawaken.

This video is set in Kuaka-dorla, now known as Anglesea on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. This popular tourist destination is a significant site to our Wadawurrung people as there is still evidence of where our old people harvested shellfish to feast on. Here, young Indigo is shown how to look for food.

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