Australia’s National Identity
When it comes to the study of Australian identity, it is important to note that there is no specific “essential” or a “typical” Australian meaning that there are numerous “Australias.” In this regard, when one talks about indigenous Australians, it means that they are not talking about a specific group of individuals, but numerous Australias such as the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginal people. Though these Australias have different names which they are referred to, they also have various beliefs, idea and thoughts regardless of belonging to the same nation. In the Australian Constitution, the term Aboriginal has been mentioned twice though there is no specific definition that is attached to them because of the realization that this is one community. The main reason why this is possible is because the Australian national culture is mixed up comprising of both traditional and contemporary practices and ways making them unique to other nations. However, the fundamental of Australian national identity is based on the principles of unity, integration and also citizenship which connect everyone to show that the community is one.
Who are indigenous Australian People?
These are specific groups of Australian people who came to be because of the Australian Constitution which incorporated multiculturalism making any race of the people who are residing in the nation as long as they are citizens to become one people. In this case, the aboriginal race began to be counted among the Australians. In the year 2011, after a genetic study was conducted on the Aboriginal community, they found that their DNA had strands of the Australian ancestors from Europe and also Asia. This is because the indigenous ancestors had migrated through Asia and Britain before coming back to Australia where they ended up staying. Through intermarriage and assimilation, they ended up becoming one people/community. This is the reason identity is an important issue in Australia especially when it comes to promoting unity among particular races.
One thing that makes the identity of the indigenous Australian people is the fact that their cultures are incorporated. For instance, the indigenous art of the Torres Strait and that of Aboriginal Islander is incorporated to uncover the truth the regarding their national identity. This is an indication that they are one people. When it comes to the political and social policy the indigenous community is more connected as they stand side by side together with their leaders to form an ethnic community.
On the other hand, Australian Indigenous people have managed to maintain their cultural heritage alive through passing through knowledge among themselves. The knowledge comprise of rituals, arts, performance and also knowledge. Through the years, they teach the children and the new members of the society their ways especially the modes of speaking with the main aim of protecting the indigenous people’s culture. In this regard, the indigenous culture has managed to survive for a long period because of their ability to adopt to change.
In conclusion, indigenous people of Australia are more connected in regards to cultural incorporation. Though they comprise of the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginal people, they are considered as one people because they are regarded in the constitution of Australia as one people. The indigenous people have their national identity roots from various parts of the world such as Asia and Europe where their ancestors previously lived.
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