Indigenous Australians

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Aboriginal Spirituality
Aboriginal spirituality originally derives from the stories of the dreaming. The dreaming is the knowledge and a sense of belonging that the Aboriginals had of the beginning of life and the relationship to the land and sea (Australian Museum, 2011). The dreaming stories are passed on from one generation to the next orally. These stories teach the following generations how to behave towards the land and other people. The dreaming stories give them a sense of duty to protect the land and appreciate it because the dreamtime stories indicate that the spirits have not died but are still alive in different forms as animals or humans, therefore the ancestor’s power is still felt through the landforms (Clark, 1963),
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Aboriginals have been discriminated against since early European invaders, where their land was taken away from them as well as their human rights. The Aboriginal- Protection controlled the lives of the aboriginal people by deciding on their behalf of where they should live or how the children should be raised (Australian Museum 2011). Some aborigines were exempt from these decisions because they had been raised to a more European lifestyle and were given a citizenship, which could be taken away from them. However; in 1969 the Aboriginal- Protection was abolished and the responsibility of the aboriginals was carried on by Indigenous Affairs, which was then the aborigines were recognized and given the same rights as other Australian citizens( Australian Museum, 2011). Impacts of invasion and settlement of First Fleet on Aboriginals
The First Fleet sailed from Portsmouth in 1787 by captain Arthur Philip which carried 729 convicts to Australia where they had to live in a penal colony and work for the government. In 1788, eleven ships had anchored on Australian shores(Dunn.C and McCreadie. M. 2010). Australia then encountered a drastic amount of change, hopeful beginnings, hopeless failures and noble achievements. The settlers did not question the aboriginals for the permission to settle on their land but
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