- Click here to find an Acknowledgement of Country for formal occasions.
- Possibly write your own Acknowledgement of Country, as a class group
- Here is a description of the Darug connection with place - With thanks to Bundeluk for the quotation below.
The Darug people's traditional area is the area currently known as Western Sydney, bordered in the south by the Georges River, in the north by the Hawkesbury River and in the west by Mt Victoria. The area was the home of over 30 Darug speaking clans.
The clans had traditional rights to significant or sacred sites in the region. They also had exclusive rights to fish, hunt and gather food on their land. At times, permission was given for movement between defined boundaries of the various clans, generally for ceremonial occasions or for food gathering where there was a seasonal abundance of game.
Darug tradition and tribal lore stipulated that you may only take from the land that which was necessary for survival. This philosophy ensured there was always food and resources for all. European settlement changed the Darug way of life forever. In Darug Dreaming all people were created from animals which became their totems. Animals are an integral element of Darug art.