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The importance of names


Caution: This exhibition and website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause distress to
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Alpunea (Jean Barr-Crombie), a Wangkangurru and Yarluyandi woman from Birdsville in Queensland, talks about her ancestors and what their names mean in language. Alpunea’s own name, for example, means ‘grinding’. Here she talks about the importance of names in language – and how they link people to the past, country and culture.