Noigroup acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we gather on. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to country and we respect and value their past, present and ongoing connection to the land and cultural beliefs. We also extend that respect to other Aboriginal Language Groups and other First Nations.
The Adelaide Plains are the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, stretching from Port Broughton down to Cape Jervis. Kaurna actively manage the land and live off the land and waterways of the region. Kaurna is the language spoken, and as you move around the city of Adelaide today, you’ll see it used in many ways. The main square in the heart of the city is known as Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga, reflecting the Kaurna name for the area which means Red kangaroo dreaming. Similarly, the river is named River Torrens/Karrawirra Parri, reflecting the Kaurna name meaning Redgum forest. All 29 parks and significant heritage sites across the city and Park Lands have been assigned a Kaurna name. The Adelaide Council worked closely with Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP), Kaurna Elders and Council’s Reconciliation Committee in the development of text for the signage.
In addition to Kaurna, other Aboriginal language groups are represented in art and culture and are widely celebrated throughout Adelaide. A great way to discover it is through the Adelaide Kaurna Walking Trail. Another example of Kaurna art is The Riverbank is a Kaurna Market, by Kaurna Artist Paul Herzich and built in 2018.The artwork consists of a series of sandblasted images along Topham Mall. Drawn from Kaurna culture this installation allows people to walk in the ancient footsteps of the Kaurna people between the river to the market.