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37 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up Indigenous In Australia

The best time for blackfellas to feel nostalgic is in summer holidays...

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1. During summer, you were always made to go outdoors and you'd spend all day at the beach/creek/pool.

The drip-dry method has been working for us for over 40 thousand years; 10 minutes in the Australian sun and you're set for another swim.
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The drip-dry method has been working for us for over 40 thousand years; 10 minutes in the Australian sun and you're set for another swim.

2. And, of course, you and your cousins dared each other to jump into the water from the highest point.

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It didn't always work out for some.

3. When it was too hot to play outside, you dragged your foam mattress into the lounge to watch TV and movies.

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The Indigenous summer survival kit. I swear it's how our ancestors did it.

4. You can be sure your house had a stockpile of foam mattresses.

You'd start questioning where these mattresses came from? The land of never-never- ending pile of mattresses?
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You'd start questioning where these mattresses came from? The land of never-never- ending pile of mattresses?

5. When your mum told you your aunty was coming to stay, it really meant the whole extended family was coming.

Too many cousins. You can kiss goodbye to the remote when watching TV.
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Too many cousins. You can kiss goodbye to the remote when watching TV.

6. You loved that your cousins were your best friends.

All 60 of them.
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All 60 of them.

7. But it also meant probably giving your bed up for family members (lucky there was that stockpile of foam mattresses).

#GrowingUpBlack when you and all your cousin spend the night at granny house😭

And the eldest always got the most comfy mattress.

8. When you said you were going for a walk down the street, you could be sure your mum was watching you from the window.

You see the curtain move. She sees you acting a fool.
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You see the curtain move. She sees you acting a fool.

9. A lunchtime meal consisted of devon (or polony in WA) and sauce sandwiches.

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Processed meat goodness.

10. In fact, you still have tomato sauce on everything.

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I'll have a side of pie with my 'marto sauce.

11. And chicken salt too.

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It tastes like chicken.

12. You'd open the cupboard for a snack and all you'd find is this.

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What else do you make your bully beef stew with?

13. Dinner was always sorted by lunchtime because your aunty reckoned she made the best curry/stew/cornbeef.

when your aunt think she fly cause everyone loved her potato salad at the cookout ||

Same goes for curry.

14. And the best part of a family dinner was raiding the fridge for leftovers.

Bully beef always tastes better the next day.
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Bully beef always tastes better the next day.

15. Lollies in your household consisted of either salty plums (for Murris) or raw lemon (for Kooris).

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Sweet, sweet candy.

16. The kettle in your house would always be boiling.

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And if you were the youngest, you were a slave for making tea for the elders.

17. And when your mum and aunties got their tea, they'd ask you to go fetch the mirror and tweezers.

Chin hair will haunt you for the rest of your days.
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Chin hair will haunt you for the rest of your days.

18. You'd try and listen in on your mum and aunties' conversation in the kitchen, but they'd tell you to go 'way.

With this look.
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With this look.

19. You had the job of being the family babysitter.

Unfortunately it was never like it was on TV, you had to change kimbies!
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Unfortunately it was never like it was on TV, you had to change kimbies!

20. When going down town with your cousins to the shop, you had to add on an extra five minutes for the security guards who would follow you and check your bags.

But less Kevin James and more racist.
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But less Kevin James and more racist.

21. Add another 5 minutes for seeing your friends down town.

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You know that wave, it's all in the wrist action.

22. If you ran into an enemy down town, you knew how to handle it.

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With style and grace.

23. And if you bumped into a blackfella you didn't know, the conversation would start with “who you belong too?” or “who your mother?” or "who your mob?"

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Errr, not this kind of mob, the other kind.

24. No matter where you were, people would always know who your family were, so you couldn’t be cheeky or you’d get flogged.

Blackfella grapevine travels faster than the speed of light.
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Blackfella grapevine travels faster than the speed of light.

25. You’d never muck up anyway because it meant having to face the wrath of Nana.

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You gon' learn today.

26. In the afternoon that music would be playing and you'd realize you knew all the words to Charlie Pride songs or Bob Marley songs or both.

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Charlie Pride's album sales still through the roof thanks to the Indigenous community.

27. When that one song came on and that one aunty had to get all emotional and cry.

I mean "Kiss An Angel Good Morning" is good... but not that good Aunt.

28. And then someone would bring up that Yothu Yindi had the best pop song of the '90s.

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To be fair, it is a deadly song.

29. Then there’s that one family member who gotta hog the microphone for koorioke karaoke.

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Aunty Michelle, I'm looking at you.

30. To get you to behave at family gatherings, the elders would tell you scary dreaming stories of monsters coming to get you.

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The many faces your uncle does when telling you these stories.

31. It’s probably why most of us loved watching scary movies from a young age.

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Just don't leave us alone in the room.

32. You'd try to explain to whitefellas how your uncle and aunty are related even though they’re not your uncle and aunty.

I'm talking over 40 thousand years of history of how his great-great-grandmother was married off to my great-great-great grandfather's cousin.
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I'm talking over 40 thousand years of history of how his great-great-grandmother was married off to my great-great-great grandfather's cousin.

33. Then you'd try and explain why all these kids (and some adults) call you Uncle or Aunty.

And you confuse yourself with so many kids.
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And you confuse yourself with so many kids.

34. You'd finally get your license and become the town taxi, being forced to give lifts to everyone.

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And whatever luggage they got.

35. And although you wanted a new car, for your uncle there was no car too old or too broken to fix.

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"No wheel? It still drives in reverse bub!"

36. As a teenager, you asked your family about your crush’s family to suss out that you weren't related.

We don't want this happening.
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We don't want this happening.

37. And one thing is for sure, you know you got the best mob in the whole world.

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We even got the best dances.

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