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:
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.