Australian Experiences

I have chosen the Australian Experience of Indigenous Australians because I find it interesting the way Aboriginals view and interpret the 'white men'. The example I am going to use is a poem by Oodgeroo Noonuccal called We Are Going. We Are Going tells us in a sad and angry voice the way Aboriginals perceive the white men after they take over the old bora ring as a rubbish dump. This is conveying to the readers that white men disrespect Aboriginals and their spiritual grounds therefore white men are ignorant and oblivious to the Aboriginals traditional land. The repetition of "We are" depicts the close relationship of thee Aboriginals people with each other. The extended metaphor

"We are strangers here now, but the white tribes are the stranger.

We belong here, we are of the old ways.

The corroboree and the bora ground,

the old ceremonies, the laws of the elders.

We are the wonder tales of Dream Time, the tribal legends told.

We are the past, the hunts and the laughing games, the wandering camp fires.

We are the lightening bolt over Gaphembal Hill".

Conveys to us that there is a deep and meaningful relationship between Aboriginals and the land they belong to.

This poem makes me questions the use of land in different areas nowadays compared to what it would be like before British Colonization. To bring back the heritage of the past Aboriginals I feel we should have a memorial to commemorate the traditional owners to the land.
I find it interesting that the the Aboriginal experiences are on the opposite end of the spectrum from white men, when you compare the British Conolonization and the drama that came with it.

This experience can offer acceptance of Aboriginals into our society as we understand and interpret a little bit of how they view white men.