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Did you know that the word “aboriginal” translates into the phrase “first known?” Aboriginal was first used in Greece and Italy but when stone tools in Australia were found to be 12,000 years old, the word “aborigine” was assigned to name the native people of Australia.
Some archaeologists estimate that the aborigines in Australia have existed for more than 35,000 years. The aborigines were hunters and gatherers and developed spears, nets, and clubs to hunt all types of animals ranging from fish, birds, and other large animals animals. They cleverly used mud to camouflage themselves whilst stalking their prey and even wove baskets to store their food and supplies.
The aborigines are also known for their artistic side and produced bark paintings to tell stories about themselves. Modern day Australia contains an aboriginal population of around 2.5%. Despite a long and colorful history modern day aborigines are generally discriminated against which has caused huge unemployment levels and problems within their communities.