Aboriginal Australians

Facts about Australian Aborigines

Facts about Australian Aborigines


For many thousands of years, the night sky has intrigued people from all over the world. Different societies around the world created their own interpretations, stories and meanings for the things they observed in the night sky. Australian Aboriginal culture has its own astronomy with its own stories and traditions which has survived for over 60, years, making it the oldest…


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Australian Aboriginal nations

Australian Aboriginal nations


The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) affirms the minimum standards for the survival, dignity, security and well-being of Indigenous peoples worldwide and enshrines Indigenous peoples’ right to be different. The Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2007. This was the culmination of more than 20 years…


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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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