"To What Degree Can We Generalise About Aboriginal Culture?"

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Generalisations about Aboriginal culture are what we use to create stereotypes, give quick explanations etc. But how far can we really generalize about these people? We can when we are generalising broadly but not when we cross that line from broad to specific. The ensuing focuses will be on economic, social and spiritual practices, with examples mainly from two tribes: the Nyungar of modern-day Albany (SW corner of WA) and the Lardil of Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, QLD.One generalisation we can sustain is that all Aboriginal tribes based their hunting on an intimate knowledge of the land. For example, the Nyungar tribe used a special ‘fire & dog’ method in the dense forests “tdurrin” on their land. They would set fire to a section, then the “toort-a-din” (dog owners) and their tamed dingoes would go andHide in the animals escape paths. As the animals couldn’t see them through the smoke and were too panicked to use their senses, they became easy victims of thrown spears and pouncing dogs. For this method to have been successful the Aboriginals would have to know the wind direction and the likeliness of it changing, how the forest would burn so as to control it and the paths the animals would take in flight. A second example would be the method in which the Lardil people caught the “dūlnū” fish. For just our month of September the Lardil knew their sacred dūlnū fish would be off their shores. They used an open-ended v-shaped net to catch it as they knew it had good hearing but bad eyesight. These both support the generalisation of and intimate knowledge of their environment was the basis of their hunting; however, the details are specific to their own environment, if you re-located them to somewhere else they may die.A second generalisation made is that all tribes put their ‘young adults’ through an initiation. Examples can be found in the initiation of boys from the Nyungar and Lardil tribes. Nyungar boys began with a ceremony held by their “Mulgarradock” (doctor), where the Mulgarradock would work a sharpened length of kangaroo bone through the septum of their noses; their father’s would stand behind holding their head to keep them in position. Following this, the boys left their families for a period of time that could last for several years; two men would take them to another family each year. During the year with a family under a senior’s supervision, they learnt about physical and social environment surroundings consisting of tough tests. During their stay they may also become ‘blood brothers’ with a good friend, or be promised a new infant for a first wife. They became men when the bone was removed and this was usually around the age of thirty. For the Lardil boys’ the first stage of initiation, “Lūrūgu”, consisted of them...

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