Living The Aboriginal Way Essay

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The Aboriginal people are one of few indigenous people left in our world. The Aboriginals live in Australia and have, as many indigenous people/groups, been treated badly for years. However they are being treated better now than before, but as an old group with old traditions it is hard to live in the same world as people who do not live by their culture. First in this article Aboriginal history will be compared to present time, succeeded by/before a description of two issues the indigenous people of Australia has to deal with in present time, and lastly there will be a conclusion.

The Aboriginal people arrived to Australia from Asia around 50,000 years ago, however they migrated from Africa to Asia around 70,000 years ago. The Aborigines are the indigenous people of Australia. They were the only people living on the continent until the colonization in 1788 by the UK. The biggest consequence for this colonization is that the British brought with them diseases such as measles, tuberculosis and smallpox. In the 19th century, smallpox was the biggest cause of Aboriginal deaths. Aboriginal people speak mostly English, but they do have a variety of their own language that they speak in phrases and words to create an Aboriginal English language. Before the English settled in Australia, the Aborigines had over 250 languages, as opposed to now when they have around 15 that they speak. They traditionally believed in animist spiritual frameworks, compared to present time where only 1% still believe in animist and 73% believe in Christianity. The animist spiritual framework includes belief in animals, Mother Nature and they have a deep love for nature. However we now see that the Australian indigenous culture has changed.

Aboriginal culture has changed a lot after the colonization in 1788, and many of their old traditions have vanished and they are forced to live as the Europeans. The Aboriginals were used to living outside in the nature, hunt outside, eat outside and sleep outside. Now after the settlement they are to live as any European family. Sadly the Europeans did a bad job treating them as equals. Since 1834 there have been several Aboriginal trackers that could navigate through Australian landscape and find Aboriginal people. By 1900 the indigenous people of Australia had declined to around 93,000.

Over time Australia has used several methods to control the membership of ethnic groups such as lineage, blood quantum, birth and self-determination. From 1869 and well into the 1970’s all indigenous children under the year of 12, with more or less than 25% Aboriginal blood were considered white and were often removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions. They were therefore removed under the acts of their respective parliaments in order that they would have a reasonable chance of assimilation into the white society to which they rightly belong. The Stolen Generations were those children of...

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