|Johanneum on the EXPO 2000|
|Natur as an invention of mankind|
After the first settlers had come, the aborigines were not allowed to do what they have done all times.Many of the real aborigines - today about 28.000 - died or began to change their way of life. So today they live as farmers, cowboys or helpers on other farms. At the end of the 18th century the European settlers began to colonize the country. They expelled many of them. The aborigines who stayed had to assimilate or they had to live close to the European settlements or missions. They were not allowed to speak their language or to celebrate their rituals. Children could be adopted - families were split up. In 1930, protest movements ensued which still exist today. People fight against the discrimination against the aborigines. In 1967 aborigines got all their civil rights. In 1992 they were allowed to buy the areas they have always lived on. Even today aborigines try to buy their places of worship, but people who live there, won´t give up their existence.
Authors: Klasse 11-3 (97/98), teacher Christine Hartmann, Web: Mathias Schönmann
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