Australian History: Aboriginal Culture
There has existed over 250 Aboriginal languages in Australia with many dialects spoken. It is a very diverse language! Recently a map showing the geographical region of each different language within Australia was created by David Horton and is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996).
The full interactive map can be found on: www.abc.net.au/indigenous/map
Below is a list of some of the Aboriginal languages:
|Awabakal||Kala Lagaw Ya||Ngarrindjeri||Warrungu|
|Garawa||Malyangapa||Pitta Pitta||Yorta Yorta|
Living with the land
The aborigines lives are distinctly related to the land and being one with the environment. The land is not just the physical rocks, trees, and rivers but rather the land is part of the people spiritually and must be used in harmony and sustainably. The land has its own stories of creation. They were semi-nomadic people living in large groups within their own territories, often referred to as ‘traditional lands’. These lands were defined by the surrounding environmental boundaries, such as rivers or mountains.