In Australia the first people are called Aborigines, but all over the world the first people can also be called aboriginal, although they might have local names, too. In Canada the aboriginals are called First Nations people. The term Indian was a mistake from the very beginning, as the ocean-going European explorers were looking for a short-cut to India, so when they landed in the Caribbean and saw brown-skinned people they called them Indians.
Different First Peoples
It’s sometimes difficult to identify who was really first in a geographical area, as waves of people migrated before written history (and sometimes before oral history too). The Maoris were the first people in New Zealand, and other Polynesians migrated to Hawaii and became the Hawaiians, but the Menehune were already there when they arrived, and subsequently left. So the Maoris can say they are aboriginal, but the Hawaiians not so much.
In Scotland the Picts were present when the Celtic people spread northwards, and the peripheral displacement of the Celts by Romans then Saxons resulted in the Pictish culture disappearing, presumably melding into the Celtic culture, but nobody really knows. We generally think of the Celts there (the original Britons) as the aboriginals, but in the north it could have been the Picts. It might also have been another group that the Picts killed off or assimilated.
In Europe, in the time period of 500- 100 BC there was a Celtic culture that could be found from Turkey to Iberia to Britain. This was more of a way of living and being than a genetic stock of people. They might have been part of a linguistic group that originated near the Caspian Sea (see the book, “The Horse the Wheel and Language” by David W Anthony) that migrated south into Italy as a Romano-celtic language group that divided into Celtic and Roman. On the Atlantic coast of France and Spain the Basques predate the Celt in-migration. The northlands of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia are peopled by the Saami who came before the modern western European immigrations. So in essence there were white people who were the aboriginals before other white people migrated into those areas.
And Your Point Is?
Acknowledgment. Respect. Higher consciousness.
Homo sapiens have had consciousness for probably 50,000 years, we have been civilized for upwards of 10,000 years, with major advancements in the last 2500 years, and meteoric technological progress in the last 300 years. In that time period there has been constant mixing of people; some societies have stayed distinct, most have mixed, and sometimes new distinct groups have resulted. The spectrum is what evolution adores, it is the crucible of variability to ensure species survival, and to our modern minds it becomes the critical mass from which the new consciousness arises. It is probably amongst us now. Although it has taken billions of people to get us to this point, that attainment could now turn against us, as far too many humans on Earth could lead to the next equilibrating reaction that decimates those numbers. We can sit and watch or we can put our minds together and make choices. Which group do you belong to?
In the meantime, we could act in ways better than bacteria that mindlessly fight for territory and goods, and be more tolerant and patient with the other people with whom we share this tiny planet.
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