Australian Aboriginal culture

See notes for health workers

Culture

General

Religion

Family

Family roles

Children

Gender

Leadership

Cultural sub-groups

Local group areas

Major cultural regions

Names of groups

Aboriginal people use other terms for themselves and their different groupings meaning 'Aboriginal person from a given area'.

Rituals

'Going through the law'

Walkabout

Education

Learning

Schooling and Employment

Language

Creolised language

Written language

Aboriginal terms

Term

Meaning

bunta (boonta) mad, disturbed
coomara 'no name'
the name used instead of the name of the deceased (e.g. Coomara Smith)
the lands the traditional homelands
cuz short for cousin
the title Aborigines give to other same generation Aborigines
gub, gubba, gunia a white man
coconut usually used as a derogatory term to describe an Aborigine who has abandoned traditional values
black on the outside but white in the middle
a 'beat' or 'run' a journey to maintain links with dispersed kin
where are you going? hello
   

References

A Medical Practitioners Guide to Indigenous Health. WA Branch of the AMA 1999.
The Kaurna People : Aboriginal People of the Adelaide Plains. Education Department of of South Australia, 1989.
Bourke E, Bourke C , Aboriginal Families in Australia In: Families and cultural diversity in Australia. Robyn Hartley (Ed) , Allen & Unwin Sydney 1995.
Keen I (Ed) Being black: Aboriginal cultures in 'settled' Australia , Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 1995.