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Early Aboriginal Lifestyles And Clans Essay

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A simple and peaceful life is what the Aborigines had around 54 000 years ago when the first fleet of Indigenous people arrived to Australia. However, something so different, so unique can be betrayed as "alien" to such close minded and egotistical people, such as the Europeans, aka the white people. Before the European invasion, what was called the early life to Aborigines, these first settlers of this continent developed excellent complex skills and ways of living. Also adapting to a vast range of climates and environments. There were many places in Australia supporting the population of different clans or groups of people. In other words, a group of people that share a culture, language, ...view middle of the document...

They have gone through thick and thin, through the European invasion and the stolen generation. What they went through was terrible and the government was disgraceful of the way they treated Indigenous minorities, yet now they still continue to carry their culture through the world today, with their art, craft and music. All Aboriginal people today should feel free to engage with their culture, I encourage it and find it wonderful that they have gone so far and am so grateful that society today are letting in more Aboriginal rights. Today, there are Ngarrindjeri communities in rural and urban centres in South Australia. They are human too, and deserve every bit of respect white people get.Being a Ngarrindjeri womanMy opinion is that if I were a Ngarrindjeri woman back in the early life, it would defiantly be a lot different to how life is today. The idea of only gathering and preparing food, making baskets and having children is not what I would have in preference. The women did not have many rights and men were usually who made the big decisions, unlike today; women can become whoever they want to be, and have rights. I do not like the concept of men having to make all the decisions, women have opinions as well. Although, other then that, I think it would have been a simple life, no need to worry about taxes, getting a job, money and much more which would make life back then a lot easier.Lifestyle, how they livedThe aboriginal lifestyle varied from different groups. The Ngarrindjeri people were a lot different to the other Aboriginal groups; they were a lot more advanced than the other clans.Village, environmentThey built several large houses to home many families. Made from just wood, clay and grass, it was still better built than what the early European invaders could put together. The environment was full of animals, plants and aquatic resources. The Ngarrindjeri people were identified by the land of which their villages were placed and by their cultural beliefs. They did not look to dominate the land; instead they took care of it and lived in harmony with it.What they made and howThe Ngarrindjeri women were very talented in making woven baskets, mats and nets using reeves from the sea or woven seaweed. They made cloaks made from skin or again, woven seaweed for when it was cold and made fish nets large and complex, making it easier to catch the fish to eat. All Ngarrindjeri people made their belongings, either from wood, clay, seaweed and reeves, which I think was quite advanced for their time. To make their canoes for fishing in the Coorong, the men took bark from what they called the 'canoe tree' and shaped it into a canoe.Gathering food and huntingNgarrindjeri people mainly ate fish like the large Murray cod, because of the region they stayed in; the Coorong had plenty of fish which they believed was once a large fish chopped up and then thrown back into the Coorong from one of their main dreamtime stories. Other main meals included emus...

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