The Wiradjuri People are the people of the three rivers - the Wambool (Macquarie), the Calare (Lachlan) and the Murrumbidgee.
They have lived in these lands and along these rivers for more than 40,000 years.
The Wiradjuri are identified as a coherent group as they maintained a cycle of ceremonies that moved in a ring around the whole tribal area.
This cycle led to tribal coherence despite the large occupied area.
It is estimated that 12,000 spoke the Wiradjuri language prior to white settlement.
Differences in dialect existed in some areas, including around Bathurst and near Albury.
The Bathurst Wiradjuri was the most easterly grouping of the Wiradjuri nation.
Their totem is the goanna.
Words from Wiradjuri include:
boggi "a lizard" (1911)
corella "a cockatoo" (1859)
gang-gang "a cockatoo" (1833)
kookaburra (1834)
belah "casuarina" (1862
mugga "a eucalypt" (1834)
quandong "shrub with an edible fruit" (1836)
billabong (1853)
bondi "a club" (1844)
boorie "an Aborigine" (1943)

The Wiradjuri lived in extended family groups of around thirty men, women and children, moving between different camp sites across their traditional lands, which covered an area of approximately 40 miles (or 64 kilometres) square.
They made periodic journeys throughout this well-watered country around the Wambool River. The Wiradjuri fished from canoes and hunted with spears and nets for duck, kangaroo, goannas, snakes, lizards, emus, possums, wallabies and waterfowl. Their food supply also included various plants, roots and vegetables.
They travelled for trade and to perform ceremonies to honour their ancestors, their dreaming and their relationship with the land.

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