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    Australian Aborigines When learning about a new group of people it is best to understand their past and where they originated from. One of Australia’s indigenous groups is the Aborigines. The group is said to have migrated from Asia as early as 30,000 years ago. There are about 500-600 distinct groups of aboriginal people. Although there are different groups there are links between the groups that unify them such as their spiritual beliefs, storytelling and art. Their spiritual beliefs have a close relationship to the land. They refer to the beginning of the world as “Dreamtime or Dreaming”. In the storytelling they refer to Dreamtime and other tales of the land. Their music is distinguishable with an instrument known as the didgeridoo.…

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    To have a phenomenlogical view is to take your blinders off and look at new things with an open mind. The Australian Aborigines were an interesting group. The Aboriginal religion shares many similarlities with other primal religions, however their differences is what makes this religion so distinctive and fascinating. Their cosmology was refined to the fact that all life existed in Autralia. The Australian Aborigines focused on their daily life with many rituals, cultural art, and saw their way…

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    Jeanine Leane acknowledged the fact that many Americans have a misconception of Australian Aborigines. Therefore, the audience was informed about the different skin complexions of the Aborigines. Dr. Jeanine Leane informed the audience about the appearance of her offspring because she wanted to remind the college students about the importance of recognizing heritage, regardless of skin tone. This segment of the book discussion was the most significant due to the exposure of a common belief.…

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    Substance abuse among Indigenous Australians has been in on a constant increase over the years and are 2.5 times more likely to smoke daily than non-Indigenous people, and 1.6 times more likely to use any other illicit drugs compared to non-Indigenous Australians (druginfo.adf.org.au 2014). To counteract these statistics there are many rehabilitation programs that directly and exclusively assist Aboriginal Australians in their restoration to quality of living. As said by Karen Sheldon (The…

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    postcolonial period of 1970s – 1990s as Indigenous Australians struggle for equality, recognition and autonomy as citizens of Australia. Morris illustrates this period as an era of socio-economic and political change informed by neoliberal policies. Morris defines neoliberalism as an ideology that is “conspicuous for its belligerent free market approach to economic development and demands for trade liberalisation, privatisation of state industries, and deregulation of markets and wages” (p.3).…

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    period of 1930 and 1970, social Darwinist theories played a major role in negatively impacting the lives of Aborigines in Australia to a great extent. They used the social Darwinist theories as an excuse for the white Australians to apply Darwinist theories like 'survival of the fittest' and 'white superiority' and the overall ill-treatment of the Aborigines. They believed that because of their primitive lifestyle and culture they should be segregated so it was easier to hunt them down and…

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    When I asked many of my Asian friends about their impression about Australian people, almost no one thought of Aboriginal people at first. I recalled a friend’s excitement about his first holiday last year down under where his only perception about the Aboriginal people is the boomerang bought from a souvenir shop in Melbourne. Before coming to Australia, my impression about them was limited to black curly hair people living in the outback, boomerang, didgeridoo, traditional dance typically…

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    resources available in rainforests. Australian Aborigines were indeed hunter-gathers. During the wet season, the Aborigines lived off nuts and fruits. At the end of the wet season, the availability of resources in rainforest will fully utilize. Aborigines feasted on rats, snakes, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, birds, possums, macropods, and fish. Dry season meant that they could be more mobile. With men going on hunting trips and women keeping a vegetable diet, from…

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    Aboriginal Australians - Life within a Dream Before british colonization hit Australia, there was a unique way of life here. Aborigines were the members of the traditional aboriginal race of Australia. These people were hunters and gathers. Kinship represented their social structuring. Tribes formed along the male lineage were called the Patriarchal descent and consisted of 2 or more families, while the female led lineage was considered the Matriarchal descent. After the british…

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    A Perspective View of the Native People in the New World Seen by the Eyes of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and John Smith When the first explorers arrived in America from Europe, they encountered many different indigenous peoples of the land. Every pioneer had their own experiences with the native people, varying from educational and boring to threatening and appalling. Many of the meetings became more and more intense as interactions between the explorers and natives became recurrent. These…

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