Previous to this week’s lecture, tutorial and content I was unaware of some of the atrocities that the aborigines experienced due to the actions of the White settlers. In my tutorial after discussing Wright’s poem – Nigga’s Leap, New England, our class got onto the topic of how Aboriginal’s were physically thrown off a cliff face in the White’s eyes, to solve the conflict. I was outraged such things occurred and that the only references to it are poems such as this one that are so dense that you have to search through layers and layers of symbolism to reach the terrible actions of the white man. It is disgusting that such terrible actions are so recent and apart of our country’s history.
Yothu Yindi’s song “Treaty” is very energetic and positive about keeping Aboriginal customs alive seen through the dancing and singing of this video. It definitely conveys strong relationships to the Aboriginal spirituality and culture, however, I can’t help but think they might feel that their hope of integrating into Western culture is only going to happen if they sacrifice or alter their true Aboriginal traditions. Wester culture should take on board their traditions exactly how they are and have been for hundreds of years and appreciate them for their beauty and captivating essence… and NOT for how can be similar to western music.
We should love for you are
We should engage in your culture
and not watch from a far
It is us that needs to change
Hopefully one day we will grow together
and we can rearrange
So that it is not you and us-