The Meaning of Physical Activity and Sport to Indigenous Australians
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Traditional activities and games
- The games and activities are centered on the development of the skills required for hunting and gathering and passing on of aboriginal culture.
- Examples of such games and activities include;-
- sham fights for children
- Spear dodging
- Boomerang dodge
- Dancing as part of a corroboree.
Links between community, identity and sport
- Each tribe or language group had its own unique identity and customs
- Its generally known that before colonisation, Aboriginal people occupied themselves with games and activities that centred around physical and cultural survival
- There was little division between work and play and games and activities were aimed at developing skills in hunting gathering, tracking, climbing, running, swimming and wrestling.
- Boys and Girls would have races to see who could climb up and down a tree fastest.
- All these activities promote strength, endurance and accuracy in throwing, and qualities necessary for success as a community.
- Kinship: is a blood relationship
- The rules of indigenous games tended to be very broad and play continued for as long as they enjoyment lasted
- Scoring was unimportant.
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