Macassan Influence On Aboriginal People

Macassan Influence on Aboriginal People   From the mid 1700s to 1906, hundreds of Macassans from the Indonesian island of Sulewesi visited the shores of northern Australia. They were fishermen and they fished for the sea slug called trepang, also known as beche-de-mer. This was a prized delicacy in Chinese cuisine. Each year the Macassans would come. They would stay […]

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First People Then And Now

Australia state scraps place names with N-word

Ten place names containing the word “nigger” in northeast Australia will be renamed due to their racially offensive connotations, the Queensland state government said Tuesday. References to Niggers Bounce in northern Queensland were removed from all databases in May, the state’s natural resources and mines department said. It then reviewed its database and nine other places…

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Aboriginal languages

Racist Place Names in Australia to Be Wiped From Maps

Australia’s Northern Territory is to rename racist names on a number of landmarks that have long demeaned indigenous groups. It follows similar measures in the state of Queensland. The official Northern Territory place names register shows several entries with the pejorative term “blackgin.” This refers to a phrase used by white Australians to describe an Aboriginal…

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Pituri an Indigenous Australian Narcotic

Pituri an Indigenous Australian Narcotic       Nicotine   Nicotine has been a major part of Aboriginal society for thousands of years just as it has been a part of other societies throughout the world.. High nicotine content is found in pituri a shrub related to the native tobacco plant. This native plant grows right across Australia from Queensland […]

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Did Indigenous Australians Have An Affluent Lifestyle?

First People Then And Now   Did Indigenous Australians Have An Affluent Lifestyle?   For a long time, there was the common misconception that Indigenous Australians  were “nomadic”, that they wandered aimlessly, desperately searching for food and water  – a constant struggle for survival. However, prior to 1788 Indigenous Australians lived in comparative affluence. Those who lived by the sea, […]

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The Steward of Australia’s Original Food

By challenging myths about indigenous foodways, Bruce Pascoe helps Australians rediscover their true culinary heritage Bruce Pascoe waded through the shallows at the mouth of Mallacoota Inlet, an estuary in southeastern Australia, on the Tasman Sea. He had a slight frown on his weathered face and a plastic bucket in hand as he lifted tree snags…

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First people then and now

The Steward of Australia’s Original Food

By challenging myths about indigenous foodways, Bruce Pascoe helps Australians rediscover their true culinary heritage Bruce Pascoe waded through the shallows at the mouth of Mallacoota Inlet, an estuary in southeastern Australia, on the Tasman Sea. He had a slight frown on his weathered face and a plastic bucket in hand as he lifted tree snags…

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