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Blog post from Saturday, 18 July, 2015

Our word of the week is Chen-nung.

According to the Aboriginal words and names, of the Upper Clarence River dialect, collected by Thomas George Hewitt, ca. 1909; with introduction, notes and index by Robert L. Dawson, 1936, Chen-nung means ‘foot’.

In the David R. Horton map, the word Chen-nung is noted as most likely originating from the Bundjalung Language group.

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Camelback Mountain, Upper Clarence River

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It is important to note that these records were written, in most cases, about Aboriginal languages by non-Aboriginal people. For this reason, the written words may not accurately reflect the ways in which an oral language was spoken and transmitted.