Aboriginal people have the world's oldest continuous
There are different theories but they are though to have arrived in
from south-eastern Asia some time between 60,000 and 35,000 years ago.
Below is some information about Australian Aboriginal food, Aboriginal
art history, hunting, tribes, Aboriginal stolen generation and
Aboriginal religion and mythology.
Aboriginal people by NeilsPhotography via Flickr.com
Different Tribes and Aboriginal Clothing
Aboriginal people are far from the same people. Australia is a
large country with different climate,
so depending on where in Australia they lived, they had
very different culture and lifestyle. There were hundreds of different
communities scattered around Australian countryside, they wore
depending on the climate, and they spoke at least 250 different
The northern tribes for example, like Tiwi people had much
more contact with Indonesians than had the isolated outback tribes, or
south-eastern tribes like Koorie people, and their culture was very
different. In colder climate like Tasmania,
they’d build semi-permanent villages,
while in dry climate like inland Australia they’d have to be nomadic to
find the food.
Aboriginal Religion and Spirituality
But despite all the differences, Aboriginal people also had common
believes. They all trace their origins back to Dreamtime, and believe
that their ancestors with supernatural powers roamed the country and
left behind impressive rock formations and other natural phenomena
which became sacred places for religious
celebrations and spiritual
activities. Depending on where they lived, each community had their own
Dreamtime story connected to their local landscape features. They also
used different body
paintings during the spiritual celebrations,
depending on the local mythology.
Aboriginal Hunting and Weapons
Within each community they lived in family groups called clans. Kinship
was the main principle in their society. The land was owned by the
family group and they lived on hunting
and gathering. Men killed larger animals
like spears and boomerangs,
and women collected smaller animals and
plants. If you visit some of their cultural parks, they show you how to
Australian Aboriginal Food Australian
Aboriginal food was very healthy. They
were very clever at spearing dugongs and catching turtles,
and they had learned to drug waterholes
came to drink. They also had an incredible
knowledge about Australian plants
that are often poisonous, and what they
couldn't eat they turned into bush medicine.
Aboriginal Art and Mythology
They were very creative people (and still are) and expressed their
everyday life and religion in arts,
song and dance. Their spiritual songs often tell about Dreamtime's
ancestors and are accompanied by their famous musical instrument, the
They use the dance to communicate with their ancestors, and often their
dance presents how Australian animals move, like hopping kangaroos and
crawling turtles. Their art
history also includes some excellent examples
on rocks and in the many caves in
Australia. Like the songs and dance, the rock
paintings reflect their religion and everyday
life, and today you can see all kinds of paintings in Australia, like Aboriginal
animal art, dot
paintings, and paintings on Aboriginal weapons.
Aboriginal Stolen Generation
When the early Englishmen arrived in Australia, the Aboriginal
was too complex for them to understand. They concluded that with no
permanent houses or land development, Australian Aboriginal people were
primitive and had no right to their land. Australia was free to be used
as a convict colony.
Aboriginal people were driven out of their land by
force, and it was legal to kill them so whole clans were wiped out. In
the early 1900s, new laws imposed restrictions on the rights of
Aboriginal people to own property and seek employment, and allowed all
states to remove children from their mothers if the father was
suspected to be white. The kids were grown up in foster homes and are
today called the Aboriginal
Australian Aboriginal People Today
Australian Aboriginal people granted the right to vote in 1972 and they
are now the “traditional owners” of the land they used to own. John
Howard never said more than he had to, but the
following PM, Kevin Rudd, was the first one to properly apologise,
bringing out a
lot of emotions – which shows how much a “sorry” was needed. Some
simple-minded white Australians still have bias, but generally the
attitudes (and laws) have changed. Australia is today proud of its
indigenous people who have the oldest continuous culture in the world.
Australian Aboriginal Culture Tours
Australian Aboriginal people still sometimes seem to have it harder
than the rest of the population when it comes to things like
employment, health and education, but the growing awareness about their
culture and traditions is gradually leading towards a harmonic
coexistence. And even though you don’t see many Australian Aboriginal
people working in banks, offices or supermarkets, driving buses or
delivering mail – a lot of them make a living out of selling their art
or participating in tourism industry, and in the outback Aboriginal
guides take you for a tour to their country and explain their culture –
it’s very interesting.
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