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Aboriginal Culture

Tens of thousands of years ago, the first Tasmanians crossed a land bridge from mainland Australia.

When sea levels rose after the last Ice Age, Tasmanian Aboriginal people were isolated for 10,000 years until Europeans arrived and settled in the beginning of the 19th century.

Today's Tasmanian Aboriginal community retains strong links to the land. In Tasmania's river valleys, forests, coastlines and offshore islands, important cultural sites are a physical and spiritual connection linking Aboriginal people of the past, the present and the future.

On many Tasmanian coasts there are Aboriginal midden sites, where generations of people cooked shellfish meals - please respect these special places and leave them undisturbed.

To gain some insights into the Tasmanian Aboriginal community's view of life and land, visit the Tiagarra Centre on Devonport's Bluff or Jahadi Indigenous Experience in Deloraine.

For a fascinating insight into the heritage of Tasmania, visit the Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart (TMAG), a wonderful resource containing great information about Tasmania's earliest inhabitants.

Many thanks to the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Tasmania, for providing this information on Aboriginal culture.