Traditional meaning

Traditional. adjective

based on a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time.


  • following the tradition of a certain group or culture.

  • typical or normal for something or someone.

  • having the qualities, beliefs, etc., that are usual or expected in a particular type of person or thing.

  • based on old-fashioned ideas; not new, different, or modern.


Have a look at this podcast series, where Maratja Dhamarrandji and Richard Trudgen discuss who are considered the ‘traditional’ owners of the land, but how there is a communication breakdown because most Yolngu do not understand the meaning of the English words ‘traditional’ or ‘landowner’. Maratja and Richard unravel the confusion, showing how language hugely affects land ownership, any chance of business development across Yolngu lands, and how we can move forward in the future.

106. What is Evidence? Part 5: Traditional Owners