5 words to do with soil and land requested by fred_mouse on Dreamwidth
When you study Nyoongar, the sense of country - of boodjar - resonates and permeates through language and your sense of place within it.
One word that I find particularly evocative and that I've probably mentioned fairly recently is
Kwongkan - Kwongan. Follow the wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwongan to learn more about this, well, sandy area of low shrubs, easy passage between hills with the odd tree. Sounds dull? Well, you'd be forgiven for thinking so, but "Kwongan is extensive, occupying about a quarter of the Southwest Australian Floristic Region, and contains 70% of the 8000+ native plant species known from this global biodiversity hotspot (Beard and Pate 1984; Hopper and Gioia 2004). Half of these species are found nowhere else on Earth."
Boya - Rock or money. When you're standing in Nyoongar boodjar the most likely place you'll find big rocks is to the East. It seems likely to me that this is a good reason that the word for East in Nyoongar is Boyal. I've read a Nyoongar legend (it's in Ngalang Wongi Ngalang Boodja by Gail Yorkshire - Selby - https://noongarboodjar.com.au/product/ngalang-wongi-ngalang-boodja/ ) that tells of a giant snake's trip all the way from Uluru to the South West Coast so maybe that great rock whispers its presence by the direction you point to where the big rock is - thoughtful stuff and who knows? Anyway, the place names of Boyagin and Boyanup reflect the nature of the land about them.
Nano - Mud
Balyoonga - Sandhill
Karda - Hills
Djardak - White Clay
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