Dominant and Subordinate Cultures

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Dominant and Subordinate Cultures Some of the greatest assaults committed on particular cultures have been with good intentions. In some cases, the cultures just may have different viewpoints as to what is right, or best in that specific situation. For the Australian Aboriginals, the greatest assault may well have been the taking of children from their families; they later became known as the ‘Stolen Generation’. These children were then raised among the white community, usually with minimum knowledge of their true identity. This…show more content…
This in turn led to further devastation to the culture of these children as memory after memory was forced out of their minds to make way for ‘white’ culture (Muecke 1999). Eventually, an inquiry was set up in order to address the situation of the ‘Stolen Generation’ and to hopefully reconcile what is seen to be one of the leading cultural devastations in Australian history. This inquiry was founded by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and was intended not as an answer for what happened, but merely reconciliation between cultures. It consisted of an extensive program of hearings in every major city as well as smaller regional areas and began on Flinders Island on 4th December 1995 and the last round of hearings was conducted in Sydney on the 3rd October 1996. The hearings were designed to establish the adverse effects these separations had had on families. It has been accepted that the past can not be ignored simply because it is in the past, as it is still very much with us today, especially in the lives of those who were affected by this particular movement. Accepted not as a valid excuse for the treatment of Aboriginal people, but simply a way of bringing Australian people back together as one community, the inquiry assumes that the
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