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Jacob Morris is a proud Gumea-Dharawal, Dharumba, Dhurga man and also Birripai Djanghatti from Kempsey. Jacob has been raised learning Gumea-Dharawal, the southern dialect of the Dharawal Language spoken between the Shoalhaven River and Crooked River near Gerringong.

Jacob's teacher of Language was his Father’s Brother Warren Morris (dec), who passed down knowledge and language like the generation before. Jacob is the great grandson of Lena Chapman (née Carpenter) the last fluent speaker of this dialect; she was recorded by renowned linguist Janet Mathews in 1968 and earlier.

Jacob along with his cousin Joel Deaves (also great grandson of Lena Chapman née Carpenter) are reviving their families' language and teaching it in local schools in the Nowra-Bomaderry area. They assisted Kirli Saunders with the Red Room’s Poetry in First Languages Project at Bundanon Trust, sharing language with Jervis Bay Public School and Nowra East Public School in 2018.