Australian Aboriginal activist Pat Dodson states “we belong to the land; our birth does not sever the cord of life which comes from the land- our spirituality, our culture and social life depend on it” (cited in Ellwood, 1988). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people believe to have a spiritual connection to their land whether it is to the plants or animals or persons. Grieves (2008, p. 369) described a “mutual spirit being” which refers to this special spiritual relationship between the people and their
The law is also a way of thinking, behaving and being; therefore, it is considered to be an integral part of the development and civilisation of societies, communities and cultures. (Lecture). In the traditional Aboriginal culture, the law revolves around principles of behaviour, in particular respect for all things in the universe e.g. plants, animals, air and water (lecture). The traditional Aboriginal law never changes; it is a body of rules which does not differentiate between the spiritual and physical worlds.
According to Saxton (2004) Australian aboriginal people are culturally and linguistically divers. Historically, they are consider the main inhabit of Australia. Aboriginal people were started living on mainland Australia including Tasmania, New South Wales, northern territory and Queensland. In the late 18th century, about one million aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lived in Australia. A study has done by Daes (1996) states that Australia indigenous people had spoken by more than 250 languages.
Mythological and Modern-Day Heroes Paper Lakiethian Colbert ENG/155 Mythology in Literature and Life 9/15/2014 Licia Morrow As we read through the book we come across a number of hero’s that have a number of things in common. These common characteristics are things that all central around the wellbeing of human beings. The mark of a hero is the compassion that they show for the world and all of the people in it. The hero’s throughout history have been a symbol of faith and belief in the process of life. We as humans obsess over finding the purpose of our life cycle.
A basic definition of Indigenous knowledge is “the vibrant relationship between the people, their environment, and other living things and spirits that share their land... it is knowledge contingent on the social, physical, and spiritual (not religious) understandings that have contributed to native peoples' sense of being in the world and to their survival”. (Alfred 2002, 41) Indigenous knowledge focuses on an individuals beliefs and perspectives of their surroundings. Indigenous knowledge is inner space and determined by a persons own spiritual views, where as Western knowledge is outer space, focusing on applying science to everything within the world. For centuries only Indigenous knowledge was known and societies survived simply by this way of life alone. Traditional knowledge systems adopted a more holistic approach, and do not separate observations into different disciplines as does Western ways.
In January 1992, when he was only fifty-six years of age, he died of cancer. Few months later the High Court has declared its historic decision, overturning legal fiction of the land that belongs to no one. Native Title is the major decision that High Court announced. Native Title describes the interest and rights of Indigenous Australians in their land, according to traditional laws and customs. This case is commonly called Mabo in Australia and he became a public figure in Australian history for his role for the right of his
Introduction Indigenous Peoples are a significant and an important portion of humanity. Their heritage, their ways of life, their stewardship of this planet, and their cosmological insights are an invaluable treasure house for us all. Indigenous Peoples live in every region of the world. They live in climates ranging from Arctic cold to Amazon heat, and often claim a deep connection to their lands and natural environments. For many indigenous peoples, the natural world is a valued source of food, health, spirituality and identity.
Should ANZAC day continue to be commemorated? Every year in April, the nation stops to commemorate a battle in which thousands of young Australian soldiers lost their lives fighting for the freedom enjoyed today by Australians. It is a day where many generations can come together; where the old can reminisce about their relatives who died in the Great War and where the young can learn more about the significant event that happened 96 years ago, as well as why the day is so important. The Dawn Service has become a significant event around the nation, from large gatherings at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance to smaller, intimate gatherings of only a handful of people at small country memorials. The simplicity and meaning of this event is captured as the first rays of sunshine break the night sky, which was the time of the first ANZAC landing.
Baby Names and the Meaning Behind Them Names are something that everyone or everything has; everything has a classification on earth. Webster says that name is a word or a set of words by which a person, animal, place or thing is known, addressed or referred to. Names are identification by which a person can relate or identify themselves. They are given to individuals at birth by parents, relatives or someone of importance. H. Edward Deluzain said that “Names are a part of every culture and that they are of enormous importance both to the people who receive names and to the societies that gives them” (Deluzain, 1996).
The cultures of different ages and regions have produced art through a vast range of mediums. Each of these mediums of art reflects the world, as seen by the creator, at that precise time which is, basically, the definition of the word “culture”. Wordnet, created by Princeton University, defines culture as “a particular society at a particular time and place”. Going back to the cave paintings of long ago, we learn of the surroundings, way of life, dress, nourishment, and even conflicts known to the generation of humans living at that time. This was their culture.