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Australian Aboriginal Sayings and Quotes

Aboriginal rock art on the Barnett River, Mount Elizabeth Station

Australian Aboriginal Sayings and Quotes

Australian Aboriginal Sayings and Quotes are a traditional and straightforward saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. The popularity of Australian Aboriginal Sayings proverbs is due to the universality of their meaning and because most people can relate to them in some way and on some level.

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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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Aboriginal Australians

Aboriginal Australians refers 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 colonising 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 colonisation 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 colonisation, consist 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 live in and around Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Australia

  • Country:                             Australia
  • Political Capital:               Canberra
  • Population                         24 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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