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The Blue Mountains area has been the home to Aboriginal people for many thousands of years. The region covers large parts of the traditional lands of the Gundungurra and Darug language/tribal groups.

[Rodius, Charles] 1802-1860 :Moyengully - `King of Nattai' [New South Wales, Australia. Between [1831 and 1834] Ref no. A-031-014. Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, N.Z. Aerial view of Aboriginal wells, now partially buried under Great Western Highway, Hazelbrook. Photo B. Moore Rock engraving of emu and grinding grooves near small well, Faulconbridge. Photo B. Moore Roger, Barthelemy, 1767-1841. Jeune femme de la tribu des Bou-rou-be-ron-gal avec son enfant sur les epaules (Young female of the tribe from Buruberongal along with infant son on her shoulders). National Library of Australia AN7569787
[Rodius, Charles] 1802-1860 :Moyengully - `King of Nattai' [New South Wales, Australia. Between [1831 and 1834] Ref no. A-031-014. Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, N.Z.
Nattai is within Gundungurra Country
Aerial view of Aboriginal wells, now partially buried under Great Western Highway, Hazelbrook. BMCC photo library
Rock engraving of emu and grinding grooves near small well, Faulconbridge. BMCC photo library
Roger, Barthelemy, 1767-1841. Jeune femme de la tribu des Bou-rou-be-ron-gal avec son enfant sur les epaules (Young female of the tribe from Buruberongal along with infant son on her shoulders). National Library of Australia AN7569787
Buruberongal is a clan of the Darug

The Aboriginal history of the area is significant and includes the pre-contact and post-contact representations; for Aboriginal people this is not just historically important but also today, as cultural connections are ongoing.

Two hundred years after Europeans crossed the Blue Mountains there are still many Aboriginal people with traditional connections to this 'Country' living in the region. There are also vast amounts of cultural sites in the Mountains that not only illustrate Aboriginal cultural heritage but are an important legacy for present and future generations of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.