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Aboriginal Mothering

  • By: Carolyn J. Peters
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The term mothering was constructed to describe the caregiving role and work of female parents. Aboriginal refers to cultural groups that originated in certain geographic areas prior to the European settlers' arrival in the late 1800s, primarily in North America, New Zealand, and Australia, although there is evidence of some other locations. The word Aboriginal generally means “from the beginning,” or the first inhabitants. Typically, Aboriginal people do not refer to themselves as first inhabitants by comparing themselves to European migrants. Aboriginal identity is not claimed by all who have an Aboriginal heritage. In some circles, an Aboriginal identity is thought to be a spiritual and cultural heritage; others believe it is an intrinsic connection to the land, nature, and animals, while still others believe ...

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