[BOOK] Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education An Introduction for the Teaching Profession * * * Kaye Price, University of Southern Queensland Dr Kaye Price is an Aboriginal woman from Tasmania, currently working at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges.
I know, it can be confusing. Worldwide, the first inhabitants of a place are usually called “indigenous peoples”. Note the lower case “i” and plural of people. This is the generic form. For Australia, it has become a common term to refer to mainla.
An accepted definition of an Indigenous Australian proposed by the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs in the s and still used by some Australian Government departments today is; a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives.
Despite making up only a small percentage of the country’s total population, the aboriginal tribes of Australia are incredibly diverse and speak over distinct languages. This recording features songs by aboriginal tribes from Western Australia, North Queensland, and the Torres Strait. Didjeridu.