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Aboriginal Australia: History, Culture, and Conflict __ "Aborigines are Australia's indigenous people. Recent government statistics counted approximately 400,000 aboriginal people, or about 2% of Australia's total population." You will find a lot more. - From Infoplease - http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aboriginal1.html

Aboriginal Culture __ "At contact there was no single, homogeneous Aboriginal society. Groups differed in aspects of their cultural and social organisation, and in the Northern Territory alone, over 100 different languages were spoken. These were separate languages, as unlike one another as French and Russian." You can how regional variations continue even today in a series of articles covering a wide range of topics. - illustrated - From Aboriginalart.com - http://aboriginalart.com.au/culture/

Aboriginal Culture - Introduction to Australia's Aboriginal Culture __ Not only an introduction of Australian Aboriginal culture but links to many other aspects of Aboriginal life in this comprehensive site. - illustrated - From aboriginalculture.com.au - http://www.aboriginalculture.com.au/introduction.shtml

Aboriginal Languages of Australia __ An extensive website about the native languages of Australia. - From David Nathan - http://www.dnathan.com/VL/austLang.htm

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols __ Advice on how to conduct oneself in the presence of Aboriginals and information about why protocols are needed. A PDF file - From terrijanke.com.au - http://www.terrijanke.com.au/img/publications/pdf/14.OxfamAus-AboriginalTorresStraitCulturalProtocols-1207.pdf

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health __ "This site contains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health information from mainstream areas of the Department of Health and Ageing as well as from Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH)." - From health.gov.au - http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/Aboriginal+and+Torres+Strait+Islander+Health-1lp

Australia - Aboriginal Music __ A brief general overview of Australian Indigenous music. - From janesoceania.com - http://www.janesoceania.com/australian_aboriginal_music/index1.htm 

About Australian Aboriginal Culture __ "Australian Aboriginal culture can claim to be the oldest continuous living culture on the planet."  A general overview of history and culture along with links to additional materials. - illustrated - From didjshop.com - http://www.didjshop.com/shop1/AbCulturecart.html

Australian Aboriginal Culture and History __ A good general overview. - illustrated - From goingrank.com.au - http://www.goingrank.com.au/aboriginal-australia.html 


Australian Aboriginal People __ A general overview of the Aboriginal People of Australia. - illustrated - From gondwananet.com - http://www.gondwananet.com/australia-facts-aboriginal-history.html

Australian Aboriginal Religion __ A general look at native Australian religious belief. - From philtar.ac.uk - http://www.philtar.ac.uk/encyclopedia/westoc/abor.html 

Australian Aborigines __ An encyclopedic article with links to additional materials. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Aborigines

Australian Indigenous cultural heritage __ A large website about Indigenous Australians with many links to additional materials. - illustrated - From australia.gov.au - http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-indigenous-cultural-heritage

Category:Australian Aboriginal culture __ Index of Wikipedia articles pertaining to Australian Aboriginals. - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Australian_Aboriginal_culture

CSD - Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs __ "The Office provides strategic advice to the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT."  Learn about organization, programs, goals and accomplishments. - From dhcs.act.gov.au - http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/atsia

The Dreaming, an Australian World View __ "A central meaning of The Dreaming is that of a sacred, heroic time long long ago when man and nature came to be as they are; but neither "time" or "history" as we understand them is involved in this meaning."  A detailed overview of the concept of "dreaming." A PDF file - From udel.edu - http://www.udel.edu/anthro/ackerman/dreaming.pdf  

Indigenous Traditions - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait __ "Australia has two indigenous peoples Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. It is not possible to speak of one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander religion, as there were many. There are, however, shared cultural traits, economic and ceremonial dealings, and a customary system of land-tenure law."  A brief look at the cultural and religious differences between these people. - From abc.net.au - http://www.abc.net.au/religion/stories/s790117.htm  


A Room for Aboriginal Australia __ Website dedicated to the atrocities against the Australian aboriginals. You will find some quite controversial material and the site may not be appropriate for younger students. - illustrated - From The Web Inquirer Investigative Magazine - http://inquirer.gn.apc.org/aborig3.html

Sharing the Bama Way __ Learn about one example of Indigenous business enterprise.  "A joint initiative between Tourism Australia and IBA, the Indigenous Tourism Champions Program (ITCP) is providing select Indigenous tourism operators with the opportunity to be represented and profiled amongst global tourism networks."  It's working. - illustrated - From iba.gov.au - http://www.iba.gov.au/welcome-to-issue-six-of-inspire/sharing-the-bama-way/

Some Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines Index __ A collection of Australian aboriginal stories. "The tales and folklore are recounted factually, but the book has a few racist overtones, so the reader is encouraged to be alert. The author doesn't even pretend to have had any direct contact with actual Aborigines: this should be considered a secondary text at best." - From Sacred-texts.com - http://www.sacred-texts.com/aus/mla/index.htm

Stories of the Dreaming __ The stories come from the cultures of Indigenous Australians and have been collected from all over Australia. They reflect an essential part of the life of Indigenous Australians. - From the Australian Museum - http://www.dreamtime.net.au/

Tjukurpa - Anangu culture __ Learn about the concept of Tjukurpa.  "Tjukurpa is the foundation of Anangu life and society. Tjukurpa refers to the creation period when ancestral beings, Tjukaritja, created the world as we know it, and from this the religion, Law and moral systems."  A good overview. - illustrated - From environment.gov.au - http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/uluru/culture-history/culture/index.html

Use of Insects by Australian Aborigines, Cultural Entomology Digest __ Learn about aboriginal history and the ways they used insects in their cultures. "Aborigines were completely at home in their surroundings and had no trouble "living off the land." This was mainly because of their intimate knowledge of the topography and natural resources of their tribal territories, and their complete understanding of the habits of the animals they hunted. The Australian aborigines extensively used insects from their surroundings as food, medicine, and as part of their cultural beliefs." - From Insects on the Web - http://www.insects.org/ced1/aust_abor.html

Welcome to Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation __ "an Aboriginal owned and operated organisation created to assist Cape York Aboriginal communities to work towards self reliance. Balkanu recognises the need for Aboriginal people to achieve self sufficiency through economic development. Balkanu is a nuts and bolts organisation working closely with Aboriginal Community Councils, community corporations and larger regional bodies" - illustrated - From Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation - http://www.balkanu.com.au/

Welcome to Wadeye Aboriginal Community __ Learn about a community which spends much of the year in isolation. "Wadeye (pronounced Wad-air) (Port Keats) is a tribal Aboriginal Catholic community situated on the western edge of the Daly River Reserve in the Northern Territory. Flying time is around 50 minutes. During the wet season Wadeye is cut off from the outside world for up to five (5) months." - illustrated - From Wadeye Aboriginal Community - http://www.indiginet.com.au/wadeye/

What is Aboriginal cultural knowledge? __ "Aboriginal people have a rich culture involving a custom, lore and value system based on the
sustainability of their spiritual connection, belonging, obligation and responsibility to care for their land,their people and their environment."  A brief overview. - From nsw.gov.au - http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/cultureheritage/commconsultation/09782factsheet1.pdf  



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