The Australian Aboriginal people are the original Australians. They have lived on the island for approximately 20 000 to 60 000 years. They have a rich history and culture.
Before the European settlers landed on Australian soil, the indigenous people were mostly foragers and hunter-gatherers. The largest communities of indigenous people can still be found near and around the Murray River. The indigenous people consist of several colonies or tribes that vary drastically in many aspects.
It would be impossible to cover the history of the Aboriginal people here. However, it is essential to know that there is a lot of differences between different groups. They have different languages, histories, and customs. Their symbolism and art are different as well as their traditions and stories.
In the last 50 years or so, the world became aware of the Aboriginal people. A teacher went to some of the tribe leaders and convinced them to share some of their stories. This was when Aboriginal art emerged as a consumer item. People loved the art and the stories it told. This was also the only way in which some of the groups and families earned money.
Today, the different indigenous groups have Westernised in some ways. They wear more modern clothes and sell their art for an income. Despite this, all Aboriginal groups are very traditional and have great respect for their history and traditions. Many of these traditions and rituals are sacred and not for public viewing.
This is who the Aboriginal people are in a nutshell. There is a lot more to learn about them. There are many examples of their original art available online. To gain a deeper understanding of these exciting people, view some of their craft.