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From an autonym of the Bunjalung peoples of far northern New South Wales and south east Queensland, originally distinguished from the Koori peoples to their south.[1] (See quotations for more information.)


Goori (plural Gooris)

  1. An Australian aboriginal person.[2]
    • 1991, Joshua Aaron Fishman Reversing Language Shift: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Assistance to Threatened Languages, Multilingual Matters, →ISBN, page 279,
      The availability and spread of an indigenous aggregative term for all Aborigines (Gooris/Kooris) is suggestive of a growing intergroup identity among them, over and above former and current ethnolinguistic demarcations. The term Goori/Kuri itself stems from the Southeastern coastal area, some 300 miles north of Sydney. Wurm and Hattori list ‘7?’ speakers for Kuri and ‘9??’ for the Yuin-Kuric grouping (10 dialects, all but three of which are extinct).
    • 1996, Julie Janson, Gunjies, Act 2, Scene 3, in Black Mary and Gunjies: two plays, Aboriginal Studies Press, →ISBN, page 131,
      JUNE: […] It’s born in you, your identity, I never lost mine. Goori spirituality, it’s always there. I was born with somethin’ …
    • 2002, John Henderson and David Nash, Language in Native Title, Aboriginal Studies Press, →ISBN, page 49,
      While I do not have a lot of faith in the native title legislation's ability to deliver the goods for dispossessed and dislocated Goori communities like ours on the eastern seaboard, I am interested in how the process regards our languages in relation to claim hearings and judgements.
    • 2006, Joshua Aaron Fishman, Nancy H. Hornberger, and Martin Pütz, Language Loyalty, Language Planning and Language Revitalization: Recent Writings and Reflections from Joshua A. Fishman, Multilingual Matters, →ISBN, page 144,
      Thus, a brochure inviting Gooris (more usually ‘Kooris’, an increasingly popular indigenous self-designation applying to and uniting all Aborigines and favored by some as a collective term to replace Aborine/Aboriginal) to participate in a series of six weekly seminars about Bundjalung, a language of Southeast Australia that is now down to its last few speakers, […]

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  1. ^ Jennifer Hoff, Bunjalung Jugun (Bunjalung Country), Richmod River Historical Society (2006), →ISBN, page xiv.
  2. ^ "Goori" in Tamsin Donaldson, "Glossary", in Julie Janson, Black Mary and Gunjies: two plays, Aboriginal Studies Press (1996), →ISBN, page 157: "(Aboriginal) person (north coast languages including Kattang), also used to distinguish Aboriginal people from this area."