Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases

Nganga (ng gar na): From the Boon Wurrung language, meaning to see and understand.

Aunty, uncle, sorry business, deadly, women’s business, marngrook, dreamtime, Elders, songlines.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words have become part of our everyday vocabulary, but we may not know their true meaning or where the words come from.

In Nganga, Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson have brought together a collection of Aboriginal words and phrases, their meanings and their history to spark a thirst for knowledge about the rich and unique culture of Aboriginal Australians.

Published by Black Dog Books, 2018

“When I read through Nganga I feel proud. It explains Aboriginal language and culture in plain English. It will assist people from all walks of life and of all ages to understand the rich cultural history of the oldest continuous culture in the world.”  

Uncle Jim Berg

Gunditjmara Elder and original founder of the Koorie Heritage Trust

“Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson have collaborated to provide a concise and authoritative cultural treasure which will be an educational ‘must have’.” 

Sue Warren

Just so Stories

“At a time when cross-cultural respect and understanding is needed more than ever, Nganga is an extremely important resource.

It deserves a place in every Australian home, school and library.” 

Cameron MacIntosh

Auithor and Reviewer

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