Blog 2: analytical and creative

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-

but rather…

we

Sarah Azzopardi

 

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4 Responses to Blog 2: analytical and creative

  1. louiselyons1 says:

    Sarah, I really like your insight on ‘nigga’s leap’ and completely agree with you on how this harsh truth is only shown through powerful but very difficult to understand poetry and writings.
    I also like your take on Yothu Yindi’s song, and especially how you state that aboriginals have to alter their own cultures to fit into our culture, but we do not alter ours to fit into theirs. It is an extremely upsetting thought to undertake, isn’t it. The only thing I would suggest for your future blogs would be to dig deeper into your own personal experiences and how they relate to the way that these writings make you feel. 🙂

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  3. Hi Sarah, the way you expressed the Aboriginal experiences using Wright’s poem to back up the atrocity of it and the feeling you felt behind reading the poem. I felt the same way as you did when we were discussing the poem in class, while reading it in class I was feeling horror and outraged, the way you spoke about it in the blog post was really relevant to me. I loved the way you then contrasted this feeling brought by Wright’s poem with Yothu Yindi’s song “Treaty”, going from the horrible past to lighten the future with a look off the Aboriginal customs coming alive. Great work on this blog post! Can’t wait to read others!

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