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Garrett Williams Aborigines A Cultural Description The scope of this essay is to offer an objective description of the non-Westernized culture of the Australian Aborigines This essay shall address and provide information relevant to the three relationships of cultural anthropology within Aboriginal culture These three anthropological relationships are defined as the following people and their environment economic aspects of life people and each other social aspects and people and the supernatural religious aspects For the purpose of a clearer illustration of the aforementioned examples of customs exclusive to Aboriginal culture and thus unique and interesting in nature shall be cited interspersingly throughout the essay as well As it is worth noting the culture of the Aborigine as it is herein depicted is that which was in existence in the few hundred years just before European settlement occurred during the 16th century Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia sec IV and thus created an influential Western climate among the indigenous inhabitants Hence it is purely that traditional Aboriginal culture untouched by European hands that the researcher portrays in this essay An economic system as defined by the researcher encompasses the actions of a culture pertaining to the environment in which that culture lives Hence it is that relationship between a people and their surrounding environment that fosters the production distribution and consumption of the goods found within said environment Haviland 476 Aborigines reached the continent of Australia some 40000 to 60000 years ago by ancestral migration from Southeast Asia using boats and rafts presumably constructed of bamboo Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia sec II Some 35000 years ago Aboriginal groups had effectively established themselves across Australia but only in sparse number across the daunting central desert sec II A From the time of their initial arrival in Australia to before European settlement the Aborigines obtained the means for subsistence through hunting and gathering techniques and thus a deep connection established between their natural world and themselves played a critical role in
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