The Dharawal people (also spelt Tarawal or Thuruwal) lived on the coastal areas of Sydney between Broken Bay / Pittwater, west to Berowra Waters, south to Parramatta and Liverpool and extending into the Illawarra and Shoalhaven districts. The traditional language of this tribe was also known as Dharawal.
The Wodi Wodi are a sub-group of the Dharawal nation who occupied areas around Lake Illawarra, including Berkeley and Hooka Creek.
The Illawarra region has many different nation groups / traditional owners:
- Korewal Elouera Jerrungarugh Tribal Elders (KEJ)
- Wadi Wadi Coomaditchie Aboriginal Corporation
- Wodi Wodi Elders Corporation
- Wodi Wodi Traditional Owner Corporation
Other nation groups residing within the Illawarra region include, but are not limited to the Yuin, Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi, Bundjalung, Dunghutti and Gumbayggir nations. Cultural identities are extremely important for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They represent different heritages, languages, cultural practices, spiritual beliefs and geographic areas.
We also provide the community with:
- heritage and cultural information
- advice, support, and information on protocols for liaising with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.