Australian dating culture
Some of the evidence points to dates over 60,000 years old.
The hallmark of Aboriginal culture is 'oneness with nature'.
The population of Indigenous Australians at the time of permanent European settlement is contentious and has been estimated at between 318,000 there are significant differences in social, cultural and linguistic customs between the various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.
The word aboriginal has been in the English language since at least the 16th century, to mean, "first or earliest known, indigenous".
(For a discussion of the names given to the Indigenous peoples of Australia, and have been in Australia for at least 45,000–50,000 years.
The first settlement would have occurred during an era of lowered sea levels, when there were more-coextensive land bridges between Asia and Australia.
Some scholars now argue, however, that there is evidence of the early practice of both agriculture and aquaculture by Aboriginal peoples.
This finding raises questions regarding the traditional viewpoint that presents Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples as perhaps unique in the degree of contrast between the complexity of their social organization and religious life and the relative simplicity of their material technologies.
The predominant language of the country is English with Christianity the largest religion (75%).In traditional Aboriginal belief systems, nature and landscape are comparable in importance to the bible in Christian culture.Prominent rocks, canyons, rivers, waterfalls, islands, beaches and other natural features - as well as sun, moon, visible stars and animals - have their own stories of creation and inter-connectedness.In present-day Australia these groups are further divided into local communities.
Aboriginal people today mostly speak English, with Aboriginal phrases and words being added to create Australian Aboriginal English (which also has a tangible influence of Indigenous languages in the phonology and grammatical structure).
Australian Aboriginal culture can claim to be the oldest continuous living culture on the planet.