What is the Aboriginal Population of Australia

Aboriginal People Today: The Modern Life of Aboriginal Australians

Today there are around 500,000 Aboriginal people in Australiaof which around ¾ of the indigenous population live in cities. The original way of life, the tradition and the spiritual dream time do not seem to play a major role in the life of the indigenous people of the 5th continent nowadays. In the meantime, due to church missionary work, around 73% profess a Christian denomination. A mere 1.3% of the Aborigines still have their original beliefs, whereas the rest seem to believe in nothing.


Alcohol, reservations & apathy instead of dream time

During a stay on the red continent it quickly becomes clear that most Aboriginal people today have nothing to do with their former spiritual and nature-loving life. They seem to be the eyesore of the so clean Australia that one tries to keep happy with more generous donations and thereby to wash one's conscience clean. Everyone knows, but nobody does anything about it. An above-average number of Aboriginal people use every penny of their welfare to numb themselves with alcohol, glue, gasoline and tobacco. They sit neglected in the corners of parks, boom and don't seem to be able to do anything with themselves or their environment - money can't heal wounds! It is really a sad sight to see every day in the small, remote towns and cities of Australia. In any case, there is no trace of integration to be seen.

On the contrary: it seems that the authorities would prefer the Aboriginal people to stay in their secluded reservations so as not to bother the shoppers. Even today one can observe how the police regularly transport drunken Aboriginal people out of the city center in a vehicle with a kind of kennel or mini-prison in order to keep them away from the pedestrians. And to be honest, the supermarket advertising (good-humored natives as sellers) is not really understandable either, since you rarely see good-humored Aboriginal people working in a public institution or any other average job. With a little luck you can occasionally see an Aboriginal construction worker or street musician. In any case, it is clear that the dream time has moved a long way off and it does not look like it will occur again in the foreseeable future.


Traditional life in modern society

A ray of hope for today's life of the once so close to nature native people are those who were able to preserve their traditions and also mastered it to integrate into the modern life of the Australians. Legally, one tries to change something in the situation. For example, it is legally stipulated that Aboriginal people do not have to pay tuition fees at universities and are also given preference when applying for university places. This is to help provide an incentive to gain a foothold in society and make the best use of the Australian education system. There are also some very good art galleries under indigenous management, distinctive music groups as well as didgeridoo & boomerang manufacturers that have established themselves on the market.

Furthermore, the tourist industry also seems to play a part in enabling the indigenous population to pursue meaningful work that is directly related to their traditions. Especially in the sparsely populated areas of the outback, you often have the opportunity to take part in interesting tours led by the local Aboriginal people. The leaders, who are mostly trained as rangers, report very informative things about rituals, traditions, the country and the flora and fauna. In the meantime, a native has also managed to get a seat in the Australian Parliament. How the future of the indigenous population of the red continent in terms of integration into modern society will continue, however, is currently difficult to predict. In any case, it is certain that as long as the fire of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, built in 1972, burns in front of the Old Parliament House to draw attention to the circumstances in the country, some essential things still have to be improved in the country.


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