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Fact: Aborigines : The Indigenous Australian

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. 

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  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 14th April 2008

    we luv the thing that you done

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 10th June 2008

    According to Tim Flannery et al, the first Aborigines arrived in Australia at least 50 000 years ago.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 23rd October 2009

    aborigines sailed to australia from africa 50,000 years ago

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 7th January 2010

    40,000 BC – The first Aborigines arrive from south-east Asia. By 20,000 BC they have spread throughout the mainland and Tasmania.
    1788 – British Navy captain Arthur Phillip founds a penal settlement at Sydney. He had arrived with a fleet of 11 vessels, carrying nearly 800 convicts. The Aboriginal population numbers several hundred thousand
    1850s – Gold is found at several locations leading to gold rushes throughout the decade. The population increases three-fold in 10 years to pass the million mark. An influx of Chinese leads to restrictions on their entry. Aborigines are treated very badly and their numbers collapse

    Sadly 800 convicts managed to reduce the population from majority to 2.5% , What an irony? I feel sad for these Aborigines

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 24th June 2010

    Nice picture. I would love to meet a tribe back then.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 3rd July 2010

    I don’t believe we really understand the impact this has had on the world. The decline of this culture, population, people is very sad. They just wanted to live a pure life. Who are we to say that we live correctly because of our modern needs. We completely destroyed a culture that dates back thousands of years. A society that knew how to give back to the earth and keep it balanced. While we just forged across the lands forcing our way. Some people believed that they were saveges when in reality we were the savages – pilliging our way across the earth, never giving back. They had it right and we destroyed it.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 3rd July 2010

    I don’t believe we really understand the impact this has had on the world. The decline of this culture, population, people is very sad. They just wanted to live a pure life. Who are we to say that we live correctly because of our modern needs. We completely destroyed a culture that dates back thousands of years. A society that knew how to give back to the earth and keep it balanced. While we just forged across the lands forcing our way. Some people believed that they were saveges when in reality we were the savages – pilliging our way across the earth, never giving back. They had it right and we destroyed it. Read “Mutant Message Down Under” by Margo Morgan and you get a spiritual perspective.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 23rd December 2010

    The one in the middle looks to be about 70 to 75 years of age. Considering how physically fit he was, I would definitely say they (Aborigines) had it right and the invaders had it wrong.

    enbesa_buni

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 3rd June 2011

    While all of you of European descent marvel at the photograph, I would point out that the men in it have probably passed away. I believe that the publication of photos of the deceased is considered highly offensive to most indigenous tribes’ religious beliefs.

    Just puttin’ it out there.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 27th September 2011

    NO MY ANTSISTER DID NOT SAILED TO AUSTRALIA FROM AFRICA 50,000 YEARS AGO LIKE THE EUROPEAN DESCENT FROM ENGLAND IT SOUND LIKE USE DON”T KOWN THE
    HISTORY OF AUSTRALIE THE OLDS HUMMAN REMAINS ON EARTH THAT THERE FIND IS A ABORIGINE..
    3 SCIECTEST HAD A LOOK AT THE REMAINS ONE OF THE SCIECTEST SAID THAT THE FAXS WOS THERE THAT THE FIST HUMMAN IN WORLD IS ABORIGINE BECAUSE THIS (REMAIN DATE BACK 150.000 YEARS AGO) AND OTHER TWO SCIECTEST SAID ALL HUMMANS COME FROM MONEKY SO IF THE FAX THERE JUST DID”T LIKE THE IDER THAT THAY WOS WORNG….

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 27th September 2011

    THIS IS THE WORLD WHAT USE MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT WE WERE SAVEGES WHEN REALITY USE WERE THE SAVAGES…………..USE DON”T LIKE THE TRUTH MY ANTSISTER WOS HAPPY BEFOR THIS HAPPEN USE KILLED A LOT OF ABOIGINES AND RAPED THERE WOMAN AND TOOK THE LAND LIKE IT YOUR…………HAY IT ALL GOOD SWEEP IT UNDER THE CARPET AND TECH ALL THE KIDS AT ALL SCHOOL IN AUSTRALIA THAT CAPTIAL COOK IS A HERO AND NO ONE LIVEING HERE OR I KOWN WHAT LETS SAY ABORINES COME FROM AFRICA OR ASIA.
    ALL COME DOWN TOO IS THAT USE STOLD OWN LAND WITH A SHIP FULL OF CRIMALS AND HOOKERS…………………………..

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 2nd December 2011

    I know that there has been a massive decline in my people, I am a Moor and I am too also a Aboriginal Aborigine natural person born of a Mother and father that are Moor, and direct decendents of the mobite people, but as you see in the photo aboriginal people are any member of dark skinn people. so there is a decresse but people are not the names of land masses for instants BLACK PEOPLE, they are not BLACK, they too are Aboriginie they just have been reformed un-willingly from indigenous people to a color-able state of being, of color to take there birth rights…

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