The Culture Of Aboriginal Australians

1561 WordsNov 14, 20157 Pages
Demolishing the Culture of Aboriginal Australians In Australia before the late eighteenth century, the native Aboriginal people’s unique culture flourished, fostering a great sense of pride within its inhabitants. The Aborigines were able to familiarize themselves with their geographical surroundings, which in turn helped them to obtain food, while simultaneously upholding their many traditional spiritual and ancestral beliefs. Many native songs, dances, and collections of art were referenced by the Aborigines in their “Dreamtime”, a collection of cultural stories that connected the spiritual world to their modern world and its creation. These stories conveyed the importance of treating nature with respect, a view that starkly contrasted with European philosophy. The Aboriginal people thrived in the terrain of Australia for nearly 40,000 years before British colonization in 1788. Many distinct tribes lived throughout Australia, and the Aboriginal population peaked at 500,000 people in the 1780’s during the pre-colonization era. During the early stages of their colonization of Australia, European forces did not intend to harm the Aboriginals, but due to Europe’s unrelenting racism and Social Darwinism, the Aboriginal culture was eventually obliterated. During their first European explorations of the Australian Continent, Captains Willem Jansz, James Cook, and Arthur Phillip had no intention of obstructing the Aboriginal peoples’ way of life. In 1606, Dutch fleets led by
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