The West Australian and South Australian education departments have made lists of appropriate and inappropriate words to describe Aboriginal people and culture, The Australian reports.
- Dreamtime is no longer an acceptable term to describe the collection of Aboriginal creation stories, and should be referred to as The Dreaming or The Dreamings.
- The structure of traditional Aboriginal society should not be described as primitive - but as complex and diverse
- The term native should be replaced by indigenous groups or language groups.
- Instead of saying myths and legends, teachers should say Dreaming stories, teaching from The Dreaming or creation stories.
- Aborigine should not be replaced by the term Aboriginal person.
- Rituals should be called ceremonies
- religion should be avoided in favour of spirituality
- tribal should be shunned for traditional.
- tribe should be replaced by Aboriginal people,
- horde should be replaced by language groups
- instead of clan the term family groups should be used
The list of terms was developed with input from a wide variety of sources, including departmental staff, Aboriginal organisations and academics.