Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture

Trade:

There were many ancient trade routes along rivers and pathways throughout Australia and Aborigine people travelled and traded along these tracks for thousands of years…
In this way new dances, songs and stories travelled along the Dreaming trail.
Some stories or song lines are shared between tribes and continue on to connect all the tribes in Australia.
Ochre, feathers, beeswax were all used for decorating the body, hair and equipment for ceremonies. The materials used would reflect their ancestry, story or journey.

Indigenous Games:

Big discs cut from Gum tree bark were used for a rolling, hunting game where the children practice throwing spears, hunting boomerangs and stones.
The disc was quite strong and could be rolled and bounced from side to side.

Palm leaves were used for towing kids or possessions much like a toy wagon.
Paper bark was heaped into a raft and used for youngsters to dive and fish from.

Underwater games were popular for example turtles were painted with white clay and chased underwater..
Tiny spears and woomeras were made from reeds and saplings

String games told stories of ancient events and adventures by recalling significant points of the story as a pattern made by the string and fingers.

Kinship:

So a child can call every woman in their mothers section of the tribe their mother and so on. Children from the unions between first or second group men and women then automatically go into other groups generation after that go back and forth. In some tribes there were more than 16 such groups all working together plus related tribes!

Shelter:

We Indigenous Australian Aborigines gained all our food and shelter directly from the land. Bark from the giant gum trees were a readily available source of sheeting to make into houses called humpies and canoes. The sheets were dried flat strips can be to 2 metres wide and 20 ft long depending on the size of the tree and the skill of the collector. The bark will last years and replacement just a matter of getting the necessary permission from the traditional owners of the trees. This would usually entail giving ….

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