Essay about Indigenous People of Australia
1.1.1 Indigenous people of Australia
Aborigines have been in Australia for at least 40 000 years, with a possible range of up to even 125 000 years, but the oldest human remains found so far, were only 40 000 years old. In general, it is believed that all Aborigines are related to one migration into Australia. A minority of scholars however, suggests that there were three waves of migration into the continent. Their curly black hair, blue-black skins, thick lips and wide noses remind of southern India and Papua New Guinea, so it is generally believed that this is where Aboriginal people originally came from.
Most likely, the Aborigines lived in the same surroundings as the Australian megafauna. These megafauna are …show more content…
1.2 Aboriginal people
The Aboriginals themselves prefer to be called names from their own language. In the East they are called ‘Koori’, which means ‘our people’ and in the South-Nyunga. In the North, the term ‘Yoingu’ is used and in the centre we speak of ‘Anangu’. All these names however are not known by the ‘white’ Australians. That is why the more conventional term ‘Aboriginals’ is used.
After WWII, more and more immigrants started coming to Australia, which resulted in misery for the Aboriginals. More human strata of ‘white people’ were placed above them, blurring the true ownership of their country. In that way, the