What's in a Name? in Some Cases a Legacy of Oppression
By Andrew Butler / filmsforaction.org
Jul 1, 2015

There is an increasing global movement to change colonial place names that refelect changing attitudes toward colonialsim and imperialism and a wish to throw off the schackles of that legacy. In India, the city of Bombay has become Mumbai. In South Africa, the region of Eastern Transvaal has become Mpumalanga. In Australia, where Aboriginal communities are currently faced with a massive wave of evictions and land grabs, there are calls to use indigenous names for the places with names bestowed by the British colonisers.

Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia say:

It is time to call our cities by their true names. They are beautiful, they are cultural and they are grounded in strong mother tongue and spirit. 
You lose all of this when you attempt to overwrite this with a generic name taken from largely the United Kingdom. 
Let the take back begin!

They have produced these images which you can share via their Facebook page:

Sydney is known as Warrang by its custodians, the Gadigal people.
(War-ran and Wee-rong are two of the known phonetic pronunciations)

 

Meanjin was the Turrbal word for Brisbane. It means ‘spike,’ and was the name for the finger of land extending from the city proper to the Botanic Gardens, University and Domain.
(the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin)

 

Melbourne city centre - Narrm (scrub) Eastern Kulin [Aboriginal Language Area Boonwurrung] 

 

Canberra, the name of Australia's capital city, comes from an Aboriginal word which means 'meeting place'. The original word was kamberra and comes from the language of the local Ngunnawal people.

 

The language of the Larrakia Nation.

 

The language of the Whadjuk Noongar Nation. (the name, pronounced Boorl-Loo)

4.0 ·
1

Support Films For Action

Films For Action empowers citizens with the information they need to help create a more just, sustainable, and democratic society.

We receive no government or corporate funding and rely on our supporters to keep us going. ​

Donate today

 

Join Team Transition

Create an account on Films For Action and join our growing community of people who want to change the world!

Add videos, articles and more. Rate member content. Our library is powered by you.

Trending Today
How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’
George Lakey9,776 views today ·
What It Really Means to Hold Space for Someone
Heather Plett2,589 views today ·
The Hopeful Thing About Our Ugly, Painful Polarization
George Lakey1,679 views today ·
Have You Heard of The Great Forgetting? It Happened 10,000 Years Ago & Completely Affects Your Life
Daniel Quinn1,322 views today ·
What Makes Call-Out Culture So Toxic
Asam Ahmad1,207 views today ·
This Facebook Comment About the UK Election Is Going Viral
Chris Renwick969 views today ·
Paramedic's Response to "Burger Flippers" Making an Equal $15/Hour is Beautiful
Craig Carilli951 views today ·
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min684 views today ·
When a Whole Generation of Youth "Feels Cheated," That's Something Worth Paying Attention To
Daniel Quinn672 views today ·
Load More
Join us on Facebook
What's in a Name? in Some Cases a Legacy of Oppression