Kaarta Gar-up (Kings Park)

Watch the video about Kaarta Gar-up to learn about the significance of Kings Park (Whadjuk Country, Perth) to Noongar people.

Discuss, contemplate and answer the following questions:

  1. What water bodies and land shapes did the Waugal (Rainbow Serpent) create around Kings Park?

A: Swamps, creeks, water holes, lakes, valleys, rivers, the hills.

2. What does ‘Kaarta Gar-up’ mean in Noongar language?

Kaarta means hill, gar-up means place of spider or crab.

3. What was important about the side slope of Mt Eliza to the Aboriginal people?

A: Gooniallup – An important ceremonial and dreaming area for males.

4. Why was Kennedy springs a favourite camping place for the local Aboriginal clans?

A:  It gave sustenance to the Whadjuk Noongar people, close to the river and freshwater, and a place to hunt and hold ceremonies. The water is believed to have quop wirrin (spiritual and healing properties).

5. How is Noongar culture about Kaarta Gar-up continuously shared?

A: First Nations peoples are involved with its land management, and share its culture through guided walks, storytelling, books and ceremony.

See also the comprehension sheet on Kaarta Gar-up.


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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.