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Australian Aboriginal gender roles

Australian Aboriginal gender roles


A comprehensive review of Aboriginal beliefs about gender and sexuality is beyond the scope of this brief. Rather, this brief provides information to address specifically one of the main arguments that has been used to support inaction regarding Indigenous family violence. That is, the belief that family violence is ‘normal’ in Indigenous communities and part of the traditional…


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Australian Aboriginal traditions

Australian Aboriginal traditions


Like some other oral traditions of Australian Aborigines, those that relate to widespread and enduring coastal inundation appear to be several thousand years old. The best-documented traditions, some mythologised, are presented for six sites around the Australian coast (Bathurst and Melville Islands, Northern Territory; Rottnest, Carnac and Garden Islands, Western Australia;…


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Australian Aboriginal sacred sites

Australian Aboriginal sacred sites


Sacred site means a site that is sacred to Aboriginals or is otherwise of significance according to Aboriginal tradition, and includes any land that, under a law of the Northern Territory, is declared to be sacred to Aboriginals or of significance according to Aboriginal tradition. - Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, Part VII, s.69 Sacred Sites are related…


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Australian Aboriginal people today

Australian Aboriginal people today


A non-Indigenous example of inter-generational trauma Many Vietnam Veterans were traumatised by their experiences in the Vietnam War and found it difficult to heal from those wounds because their experience was not widely honoured until years later. For some of these men these wounds played out in the form of addiction, alcoholism, violence, suicide, or simply an inability…


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Aboriginal groups

Aboriginal groups


Is an educational resource designed for use by young Canadians; high school educators and students; Aboriginal communities; and anyone interested in First Nations history. Its aim is to help readers understand the significant developments affecting First Nations communities from the pre-Contact era (before the arrival of Europeans) up to the present day. The first part of this…


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Ethnic makeup of Australia

Ethnic makeup of Australia


A one digit code is assigned to each first level unit in the classification. A two digit code is assigned to each second level unit, and a four digit code is assigned to each third level (base level) unit. Broad group level The first level of the classification, the broad group level, comprises nine categories to provide a broad overall view of the geographic proximity of cultural…


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Australian weddings traditions

Australian weddings traditions


IFHAA Perspectives on Australian History Australian Wedding Customs Cathy Dunn A wedding is just one of the many events which families celebrate and also can be both a personal and religious occasion. Other family celebrations include birth, baptism, birthdays and anniversaries, on most of these occasions there is always ‘the cake’. There are many wedding traditions and customs…


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How many Aboriginal in Australia?

How many Aboriginal in Australia?


Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders have fought for Australia, from the Boer War onwards. Change in attitudes Generally, Indigenous Australians have served in ordinary units with the same conditions of service as other members. Many experienced equal treatment for the first time in their lives in the army or other services. However, upon return to civilian life, many also…


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Australian Aboriginal Facts

Australian Aboriginal Facts


The Health FAQs provide brief answers to questions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, with information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, health problems and common risk factors. The answers are updated regularly as new information becomes available, and will expand to include information about other health conditions and social determinants…


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AUS Country

AUS Country


For many Australians the phrase the lucky country has a particular resonance. Donald Horne s famous words have been used in numerous ways to describe everything that is great about our nation. Portrait of Donald Horne, Woollahra, 1987 Alec Bolton 1926-1996. Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia. The phrase has been used to describe our weather, our lifestyle…


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