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Australian Aboriginal Sayings and Quotes

Aboriginal rock art on the Barnett River, Mount Elizabeth Station

Ancient Aboriginal Sayings and Quotes

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“Traveler, there are no paths. Paths are made by walking.”

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“Those who lose dreaming are lost.”

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“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”

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“The more you know, the less you need.”

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“May as well be here, we are as where we are.”

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“Keep your eyes on the sun, and you will not see the shadows.”

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“The land owns us.”

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Current Aboriginal Quotes

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“Here in Australia, we’re fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. This is something we should all be proud of and celebrate.”
– Tom Calma

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“Our spirituality is a oneness and an interconnectedness with all that lives and breathes, even with all that does not live or breathe.”
– Mudrooroo

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“We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavored to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy.” – Tom Dystra

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“The land is my backbone… I only stand straight, happy, proud, and not ashamed about my color because I still have land… I think of land as the history of my nation.”
– Galarrwuy Yunipingu

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“We have our eye on the same destination – a sustainable future where Indigenous people are recognized for their wisdom and honored for their culture – there is no problem taking a different path to reach that place.”
– Kirstie Parker

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“The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us protection, enjoyment, and provides our needs – economic, social, and religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son. When the land is taken from us or destroyed, we feel hurt because we belong to the land, and we are part of it.”
– Djinyini Gondarra

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Aboriginal Australians

Aboriginal Australians refer to the people who are members of the several hundred Indigenous peoples of Australia. The category “Aboriginal Australia” was coined by the British after they began colonizing Australia in 1788. The term was used to refer collectively to all the people they found already inhabiting the continent, and later to the descendants of any of those people. The Constitution of Australia, in its original form as of 1901, referred to Aboriginals twice, but without definition.

Before the British colonization of Australia, there existed several hundred groupings of Indigenous peoples of Australia with their own defined territory. Within each region or country, people lived in clan groups: extended families defined by various forms of Australian Aboriginal kinship. Inter-clan contact was frequent, as was inter-country communication, but there were strict protocols around this contact.

The Australian Aboriginal languages, before colonization, consisting of over 300 languages belonging to an estimated twenty-eight language families. Today, the most significant single language group of Aboriginal people live in the area around Uluru (Ayers Rock) and south into South Australia. The second-largest Aboriginal distinct community lives in and around Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Australia

  • Country:                          Commonwealth of Australia
  • Political Capital:               Canberra
  • Largest City:                     Sydney
  • Language:                        Australian English
  • Demonyms:                     Australian, Aussie
  • Population                       25 million

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“Traveler, there are no paths. Paths are made by walking.”
– Aboriginal Proverb

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Photo Credit: By Graeme Churchard from Bristol (51.4414, -2.5242), UK (On the Barnett River, Mount Elizabeth Station) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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