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Aboriginal Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived
  • having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state; "aboriginal forests"; "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"; "the forest primeval"; "primordial matter"; "primordial forms of life"
  • being or composed of people inhabiting a region from the beginning; "native Americans"; "the aboriginal peoples of Australia"

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived

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Aboriginal Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Indigenous people means the first people who lived in any region, and not later immigrants.

Indigenous people can also be described as aborigines, native people, first people, first nations and autochthonous. The United Nations prefers the phrase Indigenous peoples to these descriptions. The other descriptions sometimes sound negative. (pejorative)

Very often, indigenous people were forced into slavery or badly treated by settlers and immigrants. Indigenous people were oppressed in colonial times. Colonial settlers often robbed the indigenous treasures and lands. Indigenous people were often made slaves, or killed by colonial settlers.

Colonialism often wanted indigenous people to believe that they were lower social class than the new settlers. This is propaganda. Indigenous people can grow up believing that they are lower social class, or less important. Indigenous people sometimes have to fight for their own land, their own history, human rights and equality.

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