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Mining boom sees Australia's richest areas go walkabout

sand mine puts aboriginal culture in danger

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    This article is about the operation of a sand mine threatening an
     aboriginal wildlife park. They are trying to make the sand mine bigger
     which will put it closer to the wildlife park. The owners of the park are
     saying that the mine is going to be to close and there is a risk of the
     mine destroying the park. They also said that the dust from the sand and
     smoke from machinery is hazardous to the people in the park. For example
     "Resident groups agree and argue that if the mine goes ahead it could pose
     health risks to people and animals, and endanger important Aboriginal rock
     carvings, including a rare women's site". The dust the mine gives off can
     cause fatal health problems such as silicosis and lung
     cancer.

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Map of Australia

Map of Australia | Walkabout:culture | Scoop.it
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I learned that austraila has lots of different features. It is mainly deserts, mountains and jungles. Their are many different kinds of plants and wildlife. I also learned that it is very hot there.

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Aboriginal people

Aboriginal people | Walkabout:culture | Scoop.it
The Aboriginal peoples, together with the peoples of the Torres Strait Islands who are ethnically and culturally distinct, are the original inhabitants of Australia. Archaeologists believe they have been there for around 40-60,000 years.
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This article talks all about aboriginal tribes, how they live, and what their problems are. The article says there are about 500 different aboriginal peoples in Australia; they all have their own territories and speak their own language. It says archaeologists believe that aboriginals came into
existence about 45,000 years ago. Also the aboriginal people believe that
they have been around since before the earth was created. A lot of the tribes lived along the coast. Evidence shows that they managed their environment very well to make certain they had a steady supply of food they brought wild yams into gardens which they cared for they also built artificial dykes to extend the range of eels. The tribes that lived inland used hunting and were experts at finding water to survive. Today more than half of all Aboriginals live in towns, often on the outskirts in terrible conditions. Many others work as laborers on cattle ranches that have taken over their land. They have had their land invaded, taken from them and destroyed. From the first invasion there population was reduced from 1 million to only about 60,000.

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Mutant Message Down Under

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Mutant Message Down Under is the fictional account of an American woman's spiritual odyssey through outback Australia.
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this might be another book i would read because it looks like it goes into more detail about the aboriginal culture. it is also from the point of view from someone who is not aborigine.

 

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Timeless Hunters

For tens of thousands of years, the Aborigines of Australia and their island neighbours to the north have led a subsistence lifestyle by hunting for their food. Surrounded with long coastlines, their harvesting of food mainly came from the sea.
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This video shows how aboriginal peoples hunt, cook and make supplies to help them survive. They make all kinds of tools for themselves that help them catch whatever it is that they are hunting. They catch a variety of things mainly from the ocean. Some of the creatures they catch are lobster, turtles, crayfish, and sharks. They use a lot of harpoon like tools to catch the sharks and other creatures. After they kill an animal the animal get put in to their native dances. They make little huts and clothes out of branches and leaves. They teach their children how to hunt and do everything they need to know at a young age. It is so they are prepared for the future and know how to survive on their own. Although they mainly hunt in the water they also hunt on the land to. They hunt fox's, kangaroo's, eagles, etc. they crush certain plants and minerals to use as bait and for face paint.
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Walkabout

Walkabout | Walkabout:culture | Scoop.it
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In Walkabout, Peter and Mary are stranded after there plane crashes. They have no idea where they are so they decide to start walking in the direction they think a town is. As they are walking they meet this tribal boy. They decide to follow him because they see how he has caught himself food to eat. They see that he is able to take care of himself in the wild. He decided to let them follow him and he started showing them how to get food and find water. Peter started learning some of the language. They traveled for days and one day Peter got sick and the tribal caught his cold. The tribal boy ended up dieing so Peter and Mary had to travel alone. They went over a hill because that was the last thing the tribal boy told Peter before he died. They found a very big valley with lots of wild life and water. They are there for about a week when they see a smoke cloud in the distance. they can tell the they are being signaled to so they signal back. Peter and Mary are found by some more of the tribal people and instantly get along. The tribal people tell them the rest of the way to the village.

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