Book Chapter The Mountain Darug

Blue Mountains Dreaming - The Aboriginal Heritage (2)

Blue Mountains Dreaming - The Aboriginal Heritage (2)
Photographer: Martin Pueschel © Allan Walsh

Citation: Attenbrow, V; Stockton, E; Merriman, J. 2009. The Mountain Darug. 2nd. Blue Mountains Education and Research Trust. (ed). pp 105-28 In Blue Mountains Dreaming. The Aboriginal Heritage. Blue Mountains Education and Research Trust.: Lawson, NSW. ISBN 1 74076 116 2


In 1788 the Aboriginals of the Blue Mountains had had no contact with European; within 30 years their traditional way of life had been irrevocably changed. Of the generation of new Mountains dwellers who followed, few appreciated the Aboriginal heritage of the region, even though evidence of their presence was known from the Nepean River and the adjacent escarpment.
Increasingly however, widespread discoveries of art sites, occupation sites, stone tools, axe-grinding grooves and stone arrangements, research into the journals and early writings of European explorers and settlers, and the compilation of oral histories, are providing a rich, if incomplete, account of the traditional lifestyles and environment of the Gundungurra and Darug people of the Blue Mountains.

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