Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are roughly divided into 200-250 distinct language groups speaking around 700 dialects. A dialect is a particular variety or branch of a specific language. For example, Wardandi is a dialect of the Noongar Nation in the South West of Western Australia.
The term ‘Aborigine’ is actually a European construct used from early contact time to describe the Indigenous inhabitants under a generic term without recognising their cultural diversity. People vary from those living in remote communities to urban groups, rural and regional areas. Diversity also extends to all aspects of life including cultural beliefs, cultural ceremonies, creation stories and history. Diversity is an integral part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.