aboriginal australia

“With Moana’s release, I’m hoping the movie will be a success and that will encourage Disney to take on more cultures. Personally, I would love to see a film based on Aboriginal Australia. I, being of Aboriginal heritage myself, don’t see my culture get represented a lot, even in Australia! I think it would also be a great opportunity for Disney to represent mixed-race people of my culture because our “culture, not colour, is the heart of our Aboriginal identity.”

Reasons to watch Cleverman
  • Australian scifi
  • Australian Aboriginal scifi with a predominantly Aboriginal cast
  • filmed in and around Sydney
  • does not hold back on the metaphor for race relations AT ALL
  • the Aboriginal men are intelligent, sexual, caring and not in the least emasculated
  • the Aboriginal women I am waiting to see another side to aside from wife and victim
  • it’s airing simultaneously on Aussie ABC as well as on the Sundance channel
  • second season has already been commissioned

  • the white people are the least interesting in this story and so they bloody well should be 
  • did I mention how completely unapologetic it is about depicting the vile conditions Aboriginal people have and still face, how it totally depicts the struggle the Aboriginal person has between cultures?
  • Aboriginal superheroes … already one guy and I am really hoping for a girl awakening to her potential in the second ep

Not my gif, made by @clevermanabc.

Prehistoric rock art in Australia’s Kimberly is famed for its age – it was painted between 70,000 and 46,000 years ago! But the paint itself is much, much younger. Wait, what? How can the paint be younger than the painting? Well, a new study found the vibrant artworks were colonized by colorful microbes, which serve as “living pigments” in the paintings. The colors we see today are direct descendants of the first founders, who grew where the original paints provided nutrients.


I’ve been asked to compile a list of appropriate terms/words when referring to Indigenous Australians.. So here goes!

As a little bit of back-ground info on us.. Indigenous people in Australia have the longest continuing culture/s in the world. With many different language groups, culture groups, similarities with cultures in certain parts of Africa, Indonesia and nearby countries/nations, Aboriginal Australia is indeed diverse, to say the least.


Terms/words that are appropriate:

  • Indigenous Australian/s
  • Indigenous 
  • Aboriginal 
  • Aboriginal people/s
  • Torres Straight Islander person/s
  • Torres Straight Islander people/s
  • Native (though it’s not used as much here and more often heard to describe the Indigenous people of America, some will use the word)
  • Black (yes, we ARE Black.. the white settlers used the term “Blacks” which reduced us down to our skin color.. we’ve reclaimed that word and is often used like “Black-fella”)
  • ATSI - Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander/s (umbrella term for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island people’s or for shorthand)

Terms/words that are NOT appropriate:

  • Aborigine/Aborigines (a big no-no and sadly many still use these terms today)
  • The Aborigines
  • The Aboriginal people
  • The Torres Straight Islanders
  • Blacks
  • Colored
  • The n word (pretty obvious, really)
  • Half-caste 
  • Full-blood 

Appropriate area-specific terms:

  • Murri - Qld, north west NSW
  • Nyoongah - WA
  • Koori – NSW
  • Goori - north coast NSW
  • Koorie - Vic
  • Yolngu - Arnhem Land
  • Anangu - Central Australia
  • Palawa - Tasmania
  • Ngarrindjeri – SA - River Murray, Lakes, Coorong people
  • Torres Strait Island Peoples
  • Murray Island Peoples
  • Mer Island Peoples

Also, words that are used to describe us as “less-advanced” when compared to European societies, are not acceptable. We are not less-advanced, or less-modern or a “primitive” people - we are just different. As is everyone. 

Please direct any further questions to black-australia.


Indigenous knowledge systems can help solve the problems of climate change | Teila Watson
Australia is a place so entrenched in the blood of colonialism that it has been unable to even consider listening to what First Nations people have been saying about care for country. June 1 2017.
By Teila Watson

And yet, even while the planet continues to heat up, people still don’t connect the dots. Many people still completely undervalue Indigenous knowledges, in spite of people like award-winning scientist, broadcaster and environmentalist, Dr David Suzuki urging society and our institutions not to. On his last trip here, Suzuki said that “Australia could learn from its Indigenous peoples”. He went on to say: “We need to have a paradigm shift; to me the paradigm shift is that we have to see the world as Indigenous people see it.”

Of course this is something many of our people already know and have always known.

Still the urgency of global warming, and the destruction that capitalism and colonialism has caused our planet, continues to be ignored by Australian governments. This is a worldwide human issue impacting on our children’s right to a future.

My understanding of the Murri perspective of humanity means that country is taken care of, in order to sustain life. I believe this is connected to the fact that many different Indigenous groups across the continent and the world have creation stories that relate directly to land and/or waters which ensures that all land is held sacred in its production of life. This relationship between people and land lays the foundations for the relationship between people. We cannot treat land with disrespect without disrespecting ourselves and each other.


I’ve seen footballers give opposition fans the finger and they might get a fine but they don’t get boo’ed for it. I think that the fact that this was some kind of cultural expression that some people found confronting that was the issue and this is the thing that has mystified me about it all week. Theres been people talking about “Why are people booing Adam Goode’s”? like theres a mystery about it but there’s no mystery about it at all. It’s not as simple as it being about race, it’s about something else it’s about Australia being a generally tolerant society until minorities demonstrate they don’t know there place and at that moment the minute someone in minority position act as though they are not a mere supplicant then we lose our minds and we say “no no no you got to get back in your box”. And that’s why Adam Goodes ruffles feathers. It’s not because he is controversial it’s because he is a provocateur. It’s because he actually says “I’m going to say something and i’m going to do it at a time and place in which the the cover of Australian society doesn’t cope with it very well”. We saw all this when Michael Long took a stand in 1995, and when he took that stand there was an enormous backlash particularly on Talkback radio saying he was somehow victimizing white kids by complaining about racial vilification. On the field Mel Brown said he’d created a weakness in his armour that was going to be exploited. He promptly came out the next week and got 45 touched against the Brisbane Bears. We have seen this before. What happens is the minute an Indigenous man stands up and is something other than compliant that it is them who is creating division and destroying out culture and that is ultimately what we boo. We boo our discomfort

-Waleed Aly on Adam Goodes

Image: Ali Cobby Eckermann. (Woodford Folk Festival/Flickr) 

When Ali Cobby Eckermann received an email announcing she’d won one of the world’s richest literary prizes (the $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize), the unemployed Aboriginal poet says she had no idea what to think. Then, she tells The Guardian, she “pretty much just cried.” The poet, who lives in a caravan in South Australia with her elderly adoptive mother, added: “It’s going to change my life completely.”

Unemployed, Living In A Caravan — And Now, Winner Of A $165,000 Literary Prize

I am black.

That’s a fact, and it’s indisputable.

The identifier for Indigenous Australians is ‘black’. We’re blackfellas. I’m black.

HOWEVER in the past I’ve gotten messages on here telling me that it’s wrong of me to call myself black because I’m not African American, and in light of recent events I’ve seen a bunch more sent to other people.

I understand that part of the reason for these kinds of messages is that, in general, non African American PoCs aren’t subject to the same horrifying levels of oppression and discrimination and police brutality etc. as African American PoCs.

But when it comes to Indigenous Australians – this isn’t true.

Our history is fresh in our memories. Since 1770, repeated genocides have decimated our population, the Stolen Generations (Early 1870s – Late 1970s) saw countless black babies torn from their mother’s arms and placed into institutions of forced labour and rampant abuse.  We were classed under ‘flora and fauna’ up until the 1960s, and there is little to no cultural sensitivity or awareness in the media or in our politicians or in Australian society.

We know how it feels to have a target on our backs. We know what it’s like to have a nation at war with our race. We know how it feels to see our children abused, beaten and murdered by police over and over again, and to have nothing come of our pain and our protests.

We’re in the same boat, and god it’s killing us too. Please don’t get mad at us for calling ourselves black. We’re not trying to whore out our heritage for likes or for attention. We’re hurting along with you, and we’re praying to god that both your children and ours survive the goddamn night.

New Language Spawned in Remote Australian Town and Only 350 People Can Speak It

It is not every day that a new and unique language is discovered, but this finding really has anthropologists stumped. In a tiny, remote Aboriginal community in outback Australia, an American linguist discovered that a new language emerged among the young people in the community and is now spoken by around 350 individuals, all under the age of 35. But how was this new language spawned when they were already perfectly able to communicate with each other without it?

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