Aboriginal Remains Fight Resolved
After twenty years of fighting the London Natural History Museum, the Tasmanian Aboriginal people have had seventeen of their ancestors remains returned to their native land, in April of 2008. The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) was the main group fighting for the return of the remains. This is a huge relief for the Tasmanian Aboriginal tribe, because they believed the dead are souls in torment until properly buried.
In 1788 the British conquered the continent of Australia, but they did not conquer an uninhabited continent. There were around 350,000 indigenous people living in Australia. These people were split up into 250 individual indigenous nations. These people were called Australian Aborigines. The indigenous tribes slowly declined because the British took the best land, and pushed the indigenous tribes into remote areas of the country where they could not thrive. British diseases also killed many of the indigenous Aborigines. The only use the British had for the indigenous tribes was for scientific research. The British had no respect for the Aborigines culture, and forcefully took Aborigines ancestor’s remains back to London for research. Before British settlement Tasmania was inhabited by the Tasmanian Aborigines. The Tasmanians were split into nine tribes. During the beginning of British settlement in 1803 the number of Tasmanian Aborigines was around five and ten thousand people, but thirty years later the number drastically dropped to around 300.
The Aborigines have no written record of prehistoric Aboriginal Australia. We gain knowledge of their past through Aboriginal oral traditions, and archeological digs. We do know that the base for the Aboriginal belief is in the Dreaming, or the Dreamtime. The Dreaming has different meanings for different Aboriginal groups. In general the dreaming can be referred to as