In Australia, Aboriginal people face many challenges in maintaining their identity, traditions and customs. Why is it essential to preserve Aboriginal culture? Why is it so important? In this paper, I am going to discuss the issues that the Australian Aboriginal People face on a day to day basis. The issues I will discuss will include the importance of maintaining Aboriginal traditions, customs, and the continual struggle aborigines face concerning their personal identity within the multicultural Australian community. I will discuss the importance of maintaining these three issues as a part of the Australian Culture as it is today.
Welch, D. M. Aboriginal Culture. Retrieved April 22, 2016, from http://www.aboriginalculture.com.au/ These people vary from a broad-nosed, blonde-haired man, to a dark-skinned, blue-eyed person. The Australian Aboriginal people define their Aboriginality not by skin colour or features, but by their relationships. The Aboriginal people of Australian also face challenges concerning their Aboriginal identity because of stereotyping. For example: A blonde haired, blue eyed person may identify themselves as indigenous, but feel ‘out of place’ because he or she does not fit the Australian Aboriginal ‘stereotype’. Many issues arise when discussing Australian Indigenous Identity. The main key points of this section will include the past issues that have arisen concerning the identity of the Australian Aboriginal People and how they feel they fit in to the Australian Culture as it is today. I will discuss the three part definition of identifying Aboriginality, and the social aspects and integrity needed that come with it. I will also bring to mind the common misconceptions of the Australian Aboriginal People today, while also touching on the way people put the Aboriginal People in a box and a common ‘stereotype’, such as being a poor, uneducated Dreamtime of the Dreaming is the English name given to the distinct strands of Australian Aboriginal belief. They refer not to historical past but a fusion of identity and spiritual connection with the timeless present. (Indigenous Traditions – Australian aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, 2003)
Aboriginal men are usually the hunters. They mostly hunt for animals such as Kangaroo, Turkey or Emu. In the case of birds or wildfowl, the aborigines are experts in technique of snaring, which is done by placing a light frame of sticks over the birds’ nests
Whenever the Australian Aboriginals congregate for a purpose, they hold a grand gathering called a ‘Corroborie’, in which every person in the tribe will attend. An Aboriginal ‘Corroborie’ is a dramatic representation, in mime and song, of the past history of the tribe. These ceremonies have many purposes and take many different forms. No piece of Aboriginal history is left out in these ancient ceremonies.