Aboriginal

Aboriginal, from the Latin phrase ab origine meaning from the beginning, refers to the first people. When capitalized, Aboriginal refers to the first people of Australia. Otherwise, aboriginal refers to the first people of a particular land or region. For example, many Indians or Native Americans prefer to be called the “First People” of the land of their ancestors.

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An Encyclopedia of Shamanism written by Christina Pratt – Copyright © 2007 by Christina Pratt

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