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"I am located therefore I am"

" There is no equivalent to the Cartesian notion of 'I think therefore I am' but, if there were, it would be - I am located therefore I am. " (Mary Graham).

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Aboriginal

Aboriginal should always be spell with a capital A, many Aboriginal people prefer to be known as First Nations People, or Aboriginal people, not Indigenous people.

Aboriginal English

Aboriginal people have made the English Language into an Aboriginal language in the added Aboriginal meaning they have given to the English word, e.g. "land " for Aboriginal people has great spiritual significance and is not seen as a piece of ' real estate ' ; " family " does not just refer to immediate family or blood relatives.

Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land is one of the five regions of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is located in the north-eastern corner of the territory and is around 500 km (310 mi) from the territory capital Darwin.


Assimilation

An introduced Government(s) Policy, with the stated intention that Aboriginal people, should take on the same values, and the same live style as white Australians.

Aunty

Aunt is the more formal address, and Aunty the more familiar. Female Elders in the Community are usually addressed as Aunt/Aunty, if people are unsure of how to address Elders or older people, than it is best to ask.

C

Clans

A number of clans are part of the major language groups, each with their own lands and responsibilities.

Colonialism

For Aboriginal people " colonialism " is not part of the past, but is still part of the present, and is a continuing process.

E

Elders

Are older male or female Aboriginal people who are recognised as " Elders ", by their Community, as knowledgeable people who hold a deal of respect.

F

Family

Most people understand, that Aboriginal people belong to an extended family (blood relatives), but this has to be extended again to include non-blood relatives as well, and again this needs to be extended to include the whole Aboriginal Community.

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