Written by: Gary Wonning
Aborigines have been traced to Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, etc. They are Caucasians, aborigine refers to religion, or belief, not a color of skin. If you follow their way of life you are an aborigine, regardless of color, anyone who claims to be aborigine can get welfare from the government.
When some of them took their shirt off, their chests were white, they are dark because they have lived in the sun for thousands of years.
They say color breeds away, after first mating, regardless of color it gradually fades after each generation, fading away ½, ¼,1/8, in Australia, you can either be Australian or Aborigine, you can change each census, and you can be anything you want, German French, etc.
Being Aboriginal has nothing to do with color or physical features, same as being Christian, they believe there are only two types of people, aborigine, and the rest.
There is no scientific evidence they have been here more than twelve thousand years, however, legends state they have been here much longer, possibly as long as forty thousand years.
They believe the Australian aborigine negroid were possibly here 200,000 years ago, they then migrated to Africa
They often ask, “How come every painting is 40,000 years old?”
Most rock paintings are not very old, most are less than 200 years, the ocre flakes off in time, especially if exposed to weather. Many times the paintings were used as teaching aids.
They believe nature has caused thousands of species to disappear, it has nothing to do with the environment or man’s destruction of nature, it is a natural process.
Fire is part of nature, and shouldn’t be put out, it is natures way of clearing old brush so large fires won’t result.
They don’t know where they came from, however, they theorize at some time they migrated from Asia.
Women can be leaders but men are usually the leaders, it’s through blood. If there is no one in the bloodline, next best man takes over.
Suicide is a disgrace, they didn’t see life as a burden, they have such a connection with spirit they could die when they wanted. They follow a spiritual seeking and when they get depressed, if there is no one else around, they talk to themselves.
They believe there is no better learning than life learning, knowledge is not important, it’s how you feel about it.
There are as many as 1200 different tribes in Australia, there are still tribes no one knows about as not all of Australia has been explored.
When the white man came, many people were living underground, they didn’t know what to think of whites at first.
They believe there is a time and place for everything.
Many believe in UFOs, the extraterrestrials are named Mimis.
If we would be more trusting and follow our instincts, everything would be provided, it’s all about faith.
When someone dies, they would be dried out, wrapped in leaves and bark, then taken to their home and put in trees to protect them from wild animals. Some tribes would cut the heads off and then buried them separately.
The living and dead are a link between the present culture and its mythic logical origin.
Older paintings were said to have been done by spirits from the dream time.
Aborigines are still very proud, they won’t rummage through garbage or paint graffiti on restrooms.
They can sense spiritual sites, and determine which ones are the most important.
A sacred site is a place where aborigines find a manifestation of divine power, a sense of contact with creative form.
All nature is sacred, but in a creation place, spirit power manifests more readily, these are place where great events of creation took place.
The members of a group share common totem and each individual has a totem.
They are starting to move into the white society, but retain many of the ancient customs, in most cases when housing is provided, many still sleep outside under the stars.
One of the most disturbing events I encountered: another photographer and I had ventured down to the river and saw several children playing soccer in the water, amongst several hundred hypodermic needles and beer bottles.
Their culture like ours is changing and disappearing forever,
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
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