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What is the difference between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

What is the difference between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? Both cultures belong to people considered as Indigenous Australians. But one group of people, namely Aboriginal people, are publicised and consequently more well know than the other, Torres Strait Islander people. Why is this? If we look to history, we can see that Aboriginal people live on most of the mainland of Australia and were far more in number than Torres Strait Islander people. So it is easy to see why they might have been impacted more by the invasion compared to Torres Strait Islander people that mostly inhabit the circle of islands above the top of Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are two different groups of...

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What do the dots mean in Aboriginal art?

Do this if you have time or are even mildly curious but ask people: what is Aboriginal art? Bet the majority of people will mention ‘dots’. But ask them what the dots mean and the majority of them won’t be able to answer you accurately or clearly. Let’s clarify just one thing to start with; Aboriginal art is not just ‘dots’. Aboriginal artwork is made up of symbols that when combined, share a story. The dots you see in a lot of paintings is one of these symbols, yes. These dots can mean ‘stars, sparks, burnt ground’ (Artlandish 2018) or they can be used to hide sacred knowledge. Aboriginal people have one of the most secretive cultures in the world....

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