1. Describe the physical challenges that faced the first aboriginal peoples who settled Australia.

 

2. Explain how both empirical and nonempirical knowledge operate in aboriginal culture, discussing the role of each.

 

3. Explain the central contribution of the Dreaming and totemism to the long-term success of the aboriginal way of life.

 

4. Describe the basic structure of aboriginal society, distinguishing band, clan, and tribe by composition and function.

 

5. Explain why size of social units was such an important feature of aboriginal society and how size contributed to the long-term success of the aboriginal way of life.

 

6. Explain how Aborigines made a living and why they may be considered “the original affluent society,” drawing specific comparisons with contemporary commercial societies.

 

7. Explain why aboriginal society can be considered egalitarian, even though aboriginal social status differs significantly by age and gender, with old men apparently having the most social power.

 

8. Describe aboriginal marriage practices, including rules of marriageability, who arranges marriages, and the function of polygyny.

 

9. Describe what happened after Europeans settled Australia.