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Significance Of 'Land' To Aboriginal Culture

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• There is not just one Indigenous culture, instead there is a mixture of current and traditional thoughts, ways and practices.
• Traditionally, Indigenous people pass on cultural traditions from one generation to the next. This includes rituals, performances, language and knowledge of sacred site and cultural objects.
• Indigenous people living in urban areas may live less traditional lifestyles than those who live remotely, however cultural values, practices and obligations may still be followed.
• For Indigenous people, culture, family, kinship and connections to the land and spirituality are very important.

Significance of ‘Land’ to Aboriginal culture
• In Aboriginal culture, the land is life and culture cannot be separated from the land.
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• Traditionally Indigenous people are given a totem from either their mother or father and they are passed from generation to generation without ever changing.
• Totems hold great significance as they represent connections with the land, the Dreamtime and ancestors.
Kinship
• Kinship is a unique and complex system of belonging and responsibility in Indigenous culture that incorporates not only the family but also relationships surrounding a totem. This represents personal and group connection to ancestral beings of the land.
• Kinship influences daily life of Indigenous people, including individual responsibilities to other members in the clan.
• Kinship ties also give the responsibility of passing knowledge of the Dreaming from Elders to other generations. The Dreaming is communicated at different degrees depending on a person’s age and their position within the community. Learning about and sharing the Dreaming is a life long journey.
Traditional Law
• Indigenous people have long held a complex system of law known as ‘traditional law’ well before British law was introduced in
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• In certain situations, Indigenous people are not permitted to discuss cultural or ceremonial protocol to non-Indigenous people or to other people that are not from the same clan or tribal group. This may create silence or absence.

Ceremonial life
• Ceremonies are an important aspect of traditional Indigenous life and are still practised in some parts of Australia. These ceremonies may include rituals, chanting, singing and dancing to their Ancestral beings.
• Indigenous ceremonies may continue for weeks. Some ceremonies may be open for women and children to attend, whilst others may be sacred and attendance to the ceremony may have restrictions.
Smoking ceremony
• Indigenous people with specialised cultural knowledge conduct smoking ceremonies to cleanse people and the area in which the ceremony takes place.
• Smoking ceremonies are considered significant and are therefore usually only performed for significant spiritual events. For example; a smoking of a room may be held after the death of an Indigenous person.
Appearance myths
• One of the biggest myths is that if you have fair skin, or blue or green eyes, or light hair, you can’t be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait
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