Australian Aboriginal dance History
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are complex and diverse. The Indigenous cultures of Australia are the oldest living cultural history in the world – they go back at least 50, 000 years and some argue closer to 65, 000 years. One of the reasons Aboriginal cultures have survived for so long is their ability to adapt and change over time. It was this affinity with their surroundings that goes a long way to explaining how Aboriginal people survived for so many millennia.
Cultural heritage is seen as 'the total ways of living built up by a group of human beings, which is passed from one generation to the next', given to them by reason of their birth.
In Australia, Indigenous communities keep their cultural heritage alive by passing their knowledge, arts, rituals and performances from one generation to another, speaking and teaching languages, protecting cultural materials, sacred and significant sites, and objects.
Land – at the core of belief
APY Lands, Ku Arts Tours. Courtesy of Ananguku Arts.
Land is fundamental to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people. The land is not just soil or rocks or minerals, but a whole environment that sustains and is sustained by people and culture. For Indigenous Australians, the land is the core of all spirituality and this relationship and the spirit of 'country' is central to the issues that are important to Indigenous people today.
All of Australia's Aboriginals were semi-nomadic hunters and gatherers, with each clan having its own territory from which they 'made their living'. These territories or 'traditional lands' were defined by geographic boundaries such as rivers, lakes and mountains. They understood and cared for their different environments, and adapted to them.
We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy.
Aborigine Tom Dystra
Indigenous knowledge of the land is linked to their exceptional tracking skills based on their hunter and gather life. This includes the ability to track down animals, to identify and locate edible plants, to find sources of water and fish.
National parks can contain sites of significance for Aboriginal communities, such as rock engravings and artwork. National parks can be significant for Aboriginal people because of Dreaming stories associated with those sites.
National parks management recognises this intrinsic relationship that Aboriginal people have with their 'country'. The land is often less disturbed by European settlement. Often the land areas have been relatively inaccessible or not suitable for European agricultural practices, or have been left relatively intact.
National Parks and Wildlife Service programs are often run in conjunction with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities to ensure Indigenous involvement in national and state parks is seen to be part of processes which help contribute to reconciliation, respect, recognition and cultural awareness, resolution of Native Title, training, employment and enterprise development, support for Aboriginal heritage and cooperative management of the parks and wildlife.
Diversity – location and languages
Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders identify themselves through their land areas, their relationship to others and their language and stories - which may be expressed through ceremony, the arts, family, religion, and sports. Cultural heritage is passed on from one generation to the next.
There were about 600 different clan groups or 'nations' around the continent when Europeans arrived, many with distinctive cultures and beliefs. Their 'territories' ranged from lush woodland areas to harsh desert surroundings. Different groups developed different skills and built a unique body of knowledge based on their particular environment.
Nyawanday (Casey Ross), Spirit children. Courtesy of Kimberley Language Resource Centre.
The system of kinship put everybody in a specific relationship to each other as well special relationships with land areas based on their clan or kin. These relationships have roles and responsibilities attached to them.
Kinship influences marriage decisions and governs much of everyday behaviour. By adulthood people know exactly how to behave, and in what manner, to all other people around them as well as in respect to specific land areas. Kinship is about meeting the obligations of one's clan, and forms part of Aboriginal Law, sometimes known as the Dreaming.How to remove blood stains? How to update google chrome? what does explanation mean what are service dogs used for Tips to help out the clerks at banks when bringing cash How to inhale How to keep curls overnight? How would people like to be treated and trained to do tricks what does tw mean in texting what does chastity mean How to calculate cumulative gpa How to be hot? How to do yoyo tricks on youtube What do u get for the doing tricks on vechils fortntie Tips for boyfriend when girlfriend is on her period How to stop a tickly cough instantly How long to become a dentist? what are amber alerts How to make potions Tips on how to pranlk text what does sublimation mean How to cook salmon on stove top How to treat hives at home? How well do slick tricks magnume 125 grain fly what do the different heart emojis mean what time does tjmaxx open what does pete davidson do How to find someone what does viz mean How to pick a pineapple Tips on how to tell if car has original miles Addictive tips how to fake your location What not to wear carmindy tips what does gallbladder sludge look like Value of bridge over tricks when doubled How to help a constipated dog How much do valets make on tips what does it mean to be reserved what does airbnb stand for How to increase your tips waiting tables How not to die? Spirit of the sea billabong tee how to wash Tips on sex with older women who have not had sex in years What are allocated tips? Pokemon moon tips on how to catch pokemon what does charismatic mean How to hack someones instagram 2021 what does it mean when you dream of being chased Csgo tips on how to get kills what does the name kiara mean what time does the superbowl come on Tips when letting pizza dough in refrigerator what foods are bad for kidneys How to install window ac unit Bible son who tricks inheritance out of father How to turn on airdrop on iphone How to clear system cache on lg g3 tricks and secrets How long does chicken take to boil? What force tips an object How to get rid of dog fleas? How to buy icloud storage? How to draw spiderman what does the om symbol mean How to reset modem Outcomes mtm how do people become eligible for tips? How do you do tricks on the sparrow in destiny on xbox one what are deepfakes what are broadband services what does muscle pain from statins feel like How to delete account on ps4 How to delete what does naltrexone do what does stealth mean How to remove gas in stomach instantly Nurse application va tips what should i include How to play disc golf? Which of the following tips can help you incorporate more physical activity into your daily life? How to set homepage in chrome How to clean out dryer vent? How to masturbate men? what are the chakras How to screenshare on mac? what does phone locked mean Tips on buying produce when you only have a mini fridge How to nail tips How to get rid of rats in house fast? How to grill pork tenderloin what does pacifist mean How to turn off active status on facebook? what questions are asked in an interview How to check my credit score How to find the standard deviation? Quizlet what are the brain tricks used in television to provide the illusion of picture and motion How do employers treat tips Tricks to do when fingering what does lush mean How to replace leki pole tips Tips on how to get over your ex What plastic are pipette tips made out of what does detest mean How long to cook potato in microwave How do u do rope tricks what time does atlanta braves play today what does fictional mean what does rotation mean What tricks can i do to improve my 7.5 posi What kind of tricks do they teach in pickup artist sessions How to make a minecraft texture pack? what does bi weekly mean what are humans what does the name lincoln mean How to test your iq what does the high priestess tarot card mean How to pop ears after flight what are empanadas How to remove dandruff How to become a notary in pa? How to check blocked numbers on iphone