Photos of Aboriginal Children from Northern Australia

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Aboriginal Children from Northern Australia

Like everywhere in the world, Aboriginal kids are indulged by their parents, but the extended family is also very important. A child knows from a very early age who their relatives are, how they must be called with the correct kinship names and what their rights and obligations are with each one. They also learn their traditional dances and songs and are always encouraged to perform at the public ceremonies. Although "disco" now seems an inevitable part of life in Aboriginal communities, the traditional dances are still done and children are decorated for ceremonies and for the "fun" corroborees that are part of life, as they have been forever.

VRD School
Boy with spears
Boys painted up
Using a calculator
Cooling off
Reading a book
Boys on the trampoline
Friends in Borroloola
Clapping boomerangs
Cat's cradle
String game
Girls' game
Drinking water
Bubblegum boy
Diving in dam
Decorated for
Young driver
Paperbark raft
Tea and biscuits
Having a bath
Five brothers
Swim in the Wearyan
Two young
Cooking a goanna
Computer work
Doing shot-put
Six little heads
Collecting water lilies
Painted faces
Ready for
Boy and his dog
Borroloola boys
Eating chicken
Working on a Mac
Eating a mango
Little Fireman
Girl with clay pot
Having fun?
Brotherly love
Riding a turtle
Best friends
Boys with ice cream
Little boys of Borroloola
After swimming
With a brolga
Cooling off

Although childhood is a time without worries, children learn from an early age where to find bush foods, how to hunt and fish, even in a time where the supermarket fulfils most of their needs and all communities have schools. The bush is a great place to roam and discover things, especially when there is clear, clean water to go for a drink or a swim. Apart from school, life seems one great holiday here. These children look after themselves and each other, and are quite self-sufficient at an early age.