Aboriginal people

Small facts about the aboriginal people

Aboriginal people is the indigenous people of Australia. They were the first humans to live on the land of Australia. Archaeologists believe that the Aboriginals first came to the Australian continent around 45,000 years ago. Aboriginals’ land was invaded from the end of the 18th century onwards, with catastrophic consequences for them. Ever since the British first invaded, Aboriginal peoples have had their land stolen directly from them or destroyed. There were nothing the Aboriginals could do to stop the Britain`s invasion because the english men were extremely more advanced in armory back then. Until 1992, when the British colonizing was finally overturned, the legal principle governing British and then Australian law regarding Aboriginal land was that of ‘terra nullius’ – that the land was empty before the British arrived, belonged to no-one (not even to the one million Aboriginals), and could therefore be legitimately be taken over.

Before the Britain`s came there were many more aboriginals living than there are today. When the Britain`s took control they literally bread out the aboriginal people. The initial invasions also sparked huge waves of diseases that killed thousands of aboriginals, many others were massacred. In just over one hundred years from the first invasion of their land, their numbers were massively reduced from up to an estimated one million to only 60,000. But today there are about 500 different tribes, and each one have a different language and live in different territories.

Aboriginals are still exposed for racism and discrimination today.  Many aboriginal children has been taken away from their parents and put in foster families and foster homes. Most has still to be returned to their parents and families to this day today, and the loss of their land has had a devastating social and physical impact on Aboriginal peoples.

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The rainbow serpent

Today we saw a short film called The rainbow serpent. The theme was aboriginals, and in the movie we visited one of the first tribes in Australia. These aboriginals existed before animals did. Since there was no animals in the land there was a giant rainbow serpent instead. It searched trough Australia from south to north on his own tribe. He searched the land and in his searching he made rivers and lakes. He would listen to several tribes tongue to find out if they were his tribe or not. He accomplished acceptance with his tribe by showing them how to dance properly. But one night a storm blossomed up and the tribe needed shelter. Two young pil-pil boys came back home late that night and they had no shelter. They asked the serpent, but he tricked them and gave them shelter inside his stomach instead. The rest of the tribe found out that the serpent had swallowed the boys and they began to fight the serpent. The serpent then managed to escape the angry villagers.  

The serpent climbed up a tall mountain in search for safety, still with the boys inside him. The tribe were not capable to climb the mountain, except for two brothers who made it up. Luckily for the brothers the serpent had fell asleep to rest. When they reached the serpent they began to cut it`s stomach open until they had rescued the young boys. When they cut through the stomach they could not find the young boys, all they was two red parrots. The boys had evolved into parrots inside the serpents belly!

When the serpent woke up it found out it`s dinner where missing and it then let out a gigantic rage upon the tribe and the mountain it was resting on. It destroyed the mountain down to pieces and that terrified the tribe. Some of the members of the tribe got killed by flying stones, but most of them ran and hide while they turned into all the kinds of animals that live in Australia today. So the story is basically about how the animals came to earth (in the aboriginals view).


This is a link to the short film and my sources.






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