Aboriginal Children and Their Inner Compass

“Take the Australian aboriginal language Guugu Yimithirr. There are absolutely no words for “left” or “right,” “in front of” or “behind.” Rather than telling someone who dropped a pencil that it is behind him on the left, a speaker of Guugu Yimithirr would indicate that it is to the southeast…Even as young children, they must pay attention to directional clues in the physical environment, such as the position of the sun, every second of their lives. This leads children to intrinsically develop an accurate memory of their own changing orientations at any moment, leading to an almost superhuman sense of direction.” ~ Kaitlin Goodrich

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