Essay On Australian Culture

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Outline and discuss the effects of culture and history on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today. (300-400 words)
Aboriginals are regarded to be the first Indigenous people of Australia. Australia has two indigenous peoples – Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people. The history of the indigenous people has been majorly effected with their culture changing over the years, some have completely adapted to the western way of living and strayed away from their original hunter gatherer heritage, while others have kept the indigenous way of life and retained parts of their culture. The indigenous people of Australia are affect by major health issues that the western people have introduced to Australia, they are uneducated about many lifestyle choices resulting in indigenous people being left behind in health, job opportunities, housing and schooling.
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Indigenous people were forced to give up many of their cultures and assimilate into the western way or be punished. This impacted their way for life and effected their health as the indigenous people were not adjusted to the western way, nor were their bodies able to adjust to the food and living style of the westerners, many had serious malnutrition and underlying health diseases. Indigenous people are now able to celebrate their own culture and have rights to hunt on their land in accordance with the native rights act, aboriginal culture is remembered and celebrated for the week of NADOIC. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. We educate child in schools about the history of indigenous people and raise the flags of the aboriginal and Torres Strait islander
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