F.A.Q: Frequently Asked Questions About Aboriginal Culture and the Site

  • Please note that time does not allow me to assist students with their assignments.
  • Also, it may be several weeks before I am able to respond to emails.
  • Answers to some of the questions people have asked are below.

Dr David M. Welch

Question: I have been given an assignment on [an aspect of Aboriginal culture]. Can you please help me?
Answer: Unfortunately, time does not permit me to assist students with their assignments.

Question: I wish to quote some of the material from this site in an assignment. How do I reference it? Who wrote it?
Answer: All the material is written by Dr David M. Welch. You can reference it by the heading or sub-heading on the page, then the date on which you have accessed or retrieved the material, and then the site name.

For example, “Housing and Shelters. Retrieved 22nd February 2017 from aboriginalculture.com.au”.
Alternatively, you can use the following referencing style: “David M.
Welch. Housing and Shelters. Retrieved 22nd February 2017 from
aboriginalculture.com.au. ”

Question: I wish to purchase one of the books from the Australian Aboriginal Culture Series, but these are unavailable in the bookshops near me, and the internet sites I have looked at say the book is “unavailable”. Is this true?
Answer: No. All the books are in print and available, but currently only on a few websites and at a few retail outlets. The Bookshop Darwin stock all the books and have an on-line service with postal delivery. Visit their website, www.bookshopdarwin.com.au and click on “Shop Online”, then enter the book title in the search field. Otherwise, phone them on (08) 8941 3489 or email them via their website, to ask for prices and details. Their physical address is 1/30 Smith Street Mall, Darwin NT 0800.

Question: I am preparing an event where Aboriginal people will be attending. Do they have any special food requirements?
Answer: There are no general food restrictions observed by Aboriginal people. In the past, certain bush foods were taboo to certain family members at different stages through life. These taboos are rarely observed today.

Question: What sort of marriage ceremony do Aboriginal people observe?
Answer: In the past, there were generally no marriage ceremonies. Once a young woman had reached maturity (at the age of 12 or 13), she went to live with her husband, often with his other wives and family. Today, people have modern marriage ceremonies similar to other Australians.

Email: inquiries@aboriginalculture.com.au
Fax: +61 8 8983 1145
David M. Welch
P. O. Box 503,
Coolalinga, N.T. 0839