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Special Holidays in Australia

Special Holidays in Australia

Perth Festival event at Cottesloe Beach. Image by Kathryn Wells. Festivals have become ubiquitous in Australia, with hundreds held each year. Some are as small as the community-based Apollo Bay Music Festival and Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival, while others, such as the Falls Festival and Woodford Folk Festival, are able to bring international performers to Australian audiences…

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Christmas in Sydney Australia

Christmas in Sydney Australia

Highlights Christmas in the city Sydney’s streets are illuminated with bright lights and decorations in the lead-up to Christmas, including dramatic digital projections on the facade of historic buildings in Martin Place. Make sure you visit the Village Bizarre Night Markets, check out the light projections and Christmas tree in Martin Place, and drop by Pitt Street Mall to…

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Native tribes in Australia

Native tribes in Australia

Two new research studies, published in two separate scientific journals, have found that the DNA of certain Amazonian Indian tribes are similar to those of the indigenous inhabitants of Australia and Melanesia. However, as often happens in genetic studies of American Indians, the two research groups offered sharply contrasting interpretations of what this data means for how…

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Aboriginal Values

Aboriginal Values

Prior to European colonisation, there were between 350 and 750 distinct Aboriginal social groups in Australia. Each social group had distinct customs, traditions and values. Nevertheless, living as hunter gatherers resulted in all the groups sharing common values in regards to their social organisation and their relationship to the environment. In regards to social organisation…

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Indigenous communities in Australians

Indigenous communities in Australians

Image copyright AIA Marieke Ceranna Image caption The closure of the Oombulgurri community in Western Australia has left it a ghost town Derby Aboriginal elder Lorna Hudson was a child when government authorities in the 1960s moved her people from tiny Sunday Island off the remote north-west coast of Western Australia to the mainland. For a time most of the Sunday Island saltwater…

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