Arnhem Land

Tiwi Islands


Unfortunately the development of the "first" world inevitably is at the expense of indigenous people throughout the world and the situation is no different for Australia's Aboriginal men, women, children and unfortunately too...the environment.

Within a very short time aboriginal society was breaking down. People were displaced from their land and separated from their origins and as it happened everywhere else, diseases never known before began to decimate populations. Cattle, sheep and European farming began destroying aboriginal hunting areas and the natural ground cover, grasses and plants.

Aboriginal men and women had to work for white land owners as stockmen and women , cooks, guides and cleaners and the Aboriginal way of life began to change irreparably as did the land.

Some people struggled to maintain their traditional life but for most, reserves and forced moves into new country often with people from other areas who did not know one another and did not share the same language further broke down the aboriginal culture. Social dysfunction and disruption became the norm as poverty, alcohol and drugs began to destroy families and communities.

Children were taken from their families and placed in white communities as the Australian government pushed it's assimilation agenda creating what is now referred to as "the Lost Generation". Many of these children have attempted to return to their natural families, some successfully and others painfully unsuccessfully although the process continues and displaced men and women are embracing their culture once again.

Today Aboriginal men and women have poorer health and shorter life expectancy plus higher rates of depression, suicide and incarceration.

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