Throughout Australian history a racist attitude towards Aboriginals has been a significant issue. The instant the early settlers arrived on our shores and colonised, the Aboriginals have been fighting for the survival of their culture. The Aboriginals haven been assimilated, subjugated and marginalized to bring them in line with an idealistic European society. These themes have been put forward by Jack Davis in his stage play, No Sugar, the story of an Aboriginal family’s fight for survival during the Great Depression years. In communicating the racist and hostile attitudes of the dominant white ideology towards, for example, discrimination and assimilation, Davis constructs characters, which are continuously under fire and in opposition …show more content…
Through Davis’ construction of Jimmy as the activist and lone Aboriginal voice the audience is influenced to see that the white dominant value system showed no remorse in their demoralising actions against Aboriginals.
Assimilation was seen as a major historical practice to attempt to destroy the Aboriginal culture. Aboriginals in No Sugar are able to challenge dominant white ideology, but ultimately they do not succeed. This concept can be distinctly seen in Gran Munday. Through Gran’s use of her own language (Nyoongah) Davis is able to spotlight the cultural identity of Aboriginal people by expressing her demands to be heard. She disrupts white authority by ultimately not adopting the dominant Western Cultural ways. This is clearly demonstrated when Gran speaks in her language:
“I’m warrah, guny tjeinu minditj, and I get no gnummari”
The above quote shows that the dominant white society has been unable to destroy her aboriginality. This is due to her actively resisting white dominant value systems and using her own language as a symbol of her cultural identity. Gran throughout the text is portrayed as possessing traditional Aboriginal qualities, such as her skilled knowledge of bush alternatives. When Neville whips Mary, Gran comes to the rescue:
“ No ‘mine, No ‘mine put this jeerung nreear on your back, fix you up quick and make you better.”
This furthermore presents Gran as a
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For one, the mothers irrepressible demeanour. Most apparent during confrontations at the Couttes border, King paints a true picture of what it means to be proud of who you are, regardless of the ongoing influences of Western society and culture. Her repeated claim of a Blackfoot citizenship, regardless of the resulting delays, shows that she will not give up the most important thing to her; Identity. The mothers portrayal of Aboriginal dignity is also apparent through the subtle convincing of her daughter to stay on the reserve. Aboriginal identity is not just about tradition and language, but about place. In a study conducted by Kathleen Wilson (2003) of McMaster University, an overwhelming percentage of the indigenous community claimed that “the land, as place, is an integral park of First Nations peoples identity and health”(p.83). With a long history of colonization and Western pressures, it’s no surprise that the mother wishes to keep her family close to the land they currently inhabit. Aboriginal identity of older generations is very much about reclaiming as much of your history and culture as possible, allowing it to continue and hopefully thrive.
For generations, indigenous people have been facing social injustice in regards to wellbeing, lifestyle and their education. While things have changed over time there still is inequalities and discrimination towards the indigenous peoples. There is an unbalance in education system as the financial demands and locations are unattainable to the indigenous communities. This paper focuses on the root cause of aboriginal people and their education systems, more specifically reasons why they receive such low levels of educations, i.e. Many grow up without achieving schooling at a college or university level. It will also address their schooling systems and what it entails, such school funding and government assistance. Lastly, this paper will look at the treaties and agreements that were originally placed and
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During my interview with Margaret West of Bourke, NSW - I was able to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of the issues (healthcare, safety and education) that were faced by some indigenous people during the 70’s and 80’s. After the interview concluded, I had enough information to compare the policies of her generation in contrast to the modern policies that deal with the same issues that were discussed in the interview.
In the 15th century European explorers came and sailed to Turtle Island (now know as Canada). The European Explorers claimed that this was their land but the Aboriginal people of Canada were already living there. Since the Europeans and the Aboriginal people of Canada didn’t speak the same language they couldn’t communicate with the Europeans that much but the Aboriginal people of Canada understood the Europeans a bit. Europe started claiming the land of Turtle Island. Many more European explorers came to Canada and other parts of the Americas (North and South America combined) such as Jacques Cartier, John Cabot, Samuel De Champlain, Henry Hudson all of these peoples crew members. These explorers claimed some land of the Americas. These explorers
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In Taiwan, besides people of Han, who are majority the immigration from mainland China, there are nine aboriginal ethnic groups. These tribes have been living in Taiwan long time before a large population of Chinese migrated in the 20th century. Among these nine aboriginal groups, Amis is the largest and the oldest ethnic group in Taiwan (Diaowan, 2005). Just like other group of people who has long-time history, There are also many mythological stories in Amis culture. These mythological stories helped ancient Amis people to understand the nature, agriculture and themselves. This paper will briefly talk about the most two popular mythology of aboriginal Amis
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