what is raff nipaluna

raff is my paternal family name, before it was anglicised when an ancestor caught a boat from scotland to lutruwita

raff means red wolf, originally german, where this ancestor’s line fades backwards in time

nipaluna is the name of the place where i live

i’m adopting the european practice of naming bastards after the town they were born in

please note, i claim no aboriginal heritage, this is about honouring the traditional owners of the land i walk on, and enjoying the beauty of their language

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