Read the information about Aborigines.
Then answer the questions below.
in Australia 50,000 years ago.
They had no contact with other
people for 10,000 years before
Europeans arrived. When Europeans
came, they brought many diseases
with them. Many Aborigines died
because of European diseases.
have strong spiritual beliefs.
They call the beginning of the
world the Dreamtime or the Dreaming.
They believe that in the Dreamtime
their ancestors came from under
the ground and created animals,
water and the sky. Many of their
ancestors have become animals
or parts of the land.
percent of Australia's population
today is Aboriginal. That's
about 400,000 people. There
are thousands of different Aboriginal
languages, but many of them
have been lost in the last 200
Aborigines didn't have writing.
They used stories, songs,
art and dances to tell their
history to their children.
Their main musical instrument
was the didgeridoo. It makes
a low, humming sound. It can
make the sound of a kangaroo
hopping along the land or
the sound of the wind in the