First People

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First People

When Europeans first arrived in Victoria, Australia early in the nineteenth century, Aboriginal people had been living there for tens of thousands of years. The clans that lived around Port Phillip Bay and in central Victoria made up the eastern part of the Kulin nation.

Eastern Kulin clans were united by an array of social and religious connections, established over many generations, through intermarriage. These clans identified with particular tracts of land within which they could operate as an independent group. The religious and familial obligations of individuals, however, required regular movement within the wider territory of the Eastern Kulin.

First people details the Eastern Kulin way of lifeā€•the daily routines as people made a living by hunting and gathering; the necessity and rationale of regular and seasonal movement; and how a variety of relationships between groups characterised the Kulin world.

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