This is all about the area I live in, so much history that I am only now just learning. They say that the Victors write the history……..well I say – truth always finds a way to come to light.
The Totemic Ngarakbal and Githabal sites are [naturally] named with Ngarakbal and Githabal’s dialect linguistics…This ancient language identifies the names of the totemic ancestral creators…the names of the ‘Skin’s…the names from the Bootheram [Dreaming Lores] …
Lore, Language and Land are linked…and should never be changed.
“The Birds gave us our language….. We are the Bird Tribes”….Marlene Boyd – Ngarakbal
Claiming by Renaming
Contemporary Academics have stealthily placed the Ngarakbal into an administrative pidgeonholed dialect classification of the ‘Bundjalung’…and refer to it as a Nation….when culturally Bundjalung [proper] was a tribal clan of the Widgibil.
There is NO Evidence within the early Ethno-historical records to support the contemporary governance concept of a cultural bloc now promoted as ‘BUNDJALUNG NATION’ being associated with this area of Australia, or of a Tribal group known as the BUNDJALUNG ever having any access or ‘rights’ to either the Ngarakbal or it’s marriage…
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