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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Have emerged from the indigenous adaptation to colonisation and from efforts to govern indigenous Australians more effectively and equitably.

Though there were episodes of...

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Aboriginal art

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Is among the oldest in the world. Work produced today is quite similar to that produced over 20 000 years ago as bark paintings, rock paintings and engravings, and body painting. ...

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Aboriginal cultural ownership

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Attributes custodianship to present-day Aborigines of the sacred objects, lands, and knowledge of their heritage. This rationale underpins sacred site and native title legislation, but has...

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Aboriginal history

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Refers to the history of indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) peoples in Australia, and is frequently used as a shorthand for one aspect of that history, their interactions...

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Aboriginal land rights

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Traditionally arose for men and women both from inheritance and from fulfilment of their particular obligations. Land was the structuring principle of much remembered cultural knowledge,...

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Aboriginal missions

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Were on a smaller scale than in other areas of British settlement and were generally deemed a failure by contemporaries. Historical accounts have since highlighted Aborigines' rejection of...

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Aboriginal nomenclature

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Presents problems for the historians of Australia's indigenous people. Most commonly, the terms Aboriginals, Aborigines and Aboriginal people have been used. The AND gives printed uses of A...

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Aboriginal protection

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Was constantly debated, as the moving frontier created new groups of dispossessed Aborigines. Could they be ‘civilised’ through contact with whites, or did they need to be protected by...

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Aboriginal resistance

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Has different meanings. Until the 1970s within Western historiography—and in popular, as distinct from academic, understandings to the present—resistance has been defined physically....

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Aborigine

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An original inhabitant of Australia. The Aborigines comprise several physically distinct groups of dark‐skinned hunter‐gatherers who arrived in prehistoric times and brought with them the...

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