Who are Kaurna People?

Kaurna meyunna (Kaurna people) are the direct descendants of the original custodians of the Adelaide region. Meyunna, meaning ‘people’ in the Kaurna language, might actually be a more appropriate name for the people of the Adelaide region.

The name Kaurna is likely a misnomer derived from the word kornar, meaning ‘people’ in the neighbouring Ngarrindjeri language. However, the name Kaurna is now well-established, and the Kaurna community endorsed the continued use of the name in 2013.

Today, many Kaurna people are actively involved in reclaiming their culture, reviving their language and teaching their histories and traditions. Kaurna culture and history are increasingly acknowledged and visible throughout Adelaide.

Are you interested in learning more about the Kaurna People of the Adelaide Region? Download the free resource here (2.2MB).

Where do I live? An introduction to local Indigenous people, history and culture 

All Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are geographically connected by the land we live on. Understanding the cultural significance of the land you live on and the history that’s occurred there is one of the first steps you can take to end the disconnect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and contribute to a better shared future.

The ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources are designed to help you do this, bringing together information about the Indigenous custodians, culture, language and history of the local area where you live.

Contribute information

The information presented in the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources has been collated from publicly available online and published sources. Where available, we’ve sourced this content directly from materials published by members of the relevant Indigenous people group. We’ve provided references where possible, however, we recognise the information contained in the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources may be contested and it doesn’t claim to be definitive.

For further information about Indigenous language groups, including specific land boundaries or cultural information, we recommend contacting your local Registered Aboriginal Party, visiting a local cultural centre or contacting your local council or state/territory department of Aboriginal affairs. We warmly invite feedback on our the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources. If you’d like to contribute additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact our team contact@australianstogether.org.au