I asked natives what this grey animal was They said gangurru which I noted as kangaroo August 4 1770 You've heard it as I don't know in Aborigine but in Guugu Yimidhirr it means kangaroo Who am I?

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The question gives misinformation, but the answer is Sir Joseph Banks.

Sir Joseph Banks was one of three botanists who travelled with Captain James Cook as he charted the eastern coastline of Australia. Banks managed to communicate in a limited fashion with the indigenous people, asking what they called the animal, and recorded the name "gangurru" as "kangaru".

It is a complete myth that the aboriginal word means "I don't know". Because the Endeavour was damaged and required the crew to stay on the mainland for almost 7 weeks repairing their ship, this gave Banks ample time to make copious notes on the fauna and flora. It is incorrect to say that it means "I don't understand you" or "I don't know".
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