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Lake Eyre Regains Its Aboriginal Name

By December 22, 2012

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This month, Australia's occasional and largest lake officially regained its Aboriginal name and Lake Eyre in the South Australian Outback is now officially Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

In fact, generations of Aboriginal people living near the shores of the lake have known it as Kati Thanda and in recognition of this the South Australian Geographical Unit has added Kati Thanda to the lake's official name, retaining Lake Eyre to avoid any possible confusion.

Kati Thanda, in the language of the local Arabana Aborigines, is said to mean "meeting place of bosses" and also "thunder and lightning."

The Arabana people have native title to the area.

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