Indigenous Peoples

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Yesterday was World Indigenous Peoples Day, I wasn’t aware that it was, other dramas in my life and ignorance, or just that i attribute more than one day a year to recognising indigenous people had me intrigued today to find the poster here today, however, I am writing this blog today in just realising because my mother sent me through a link accompanied with her thoughts on Australian Indigenous peoples, and i had to respond to her quip…

Bullying comes in so many shapes and sizes, forms and formats

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[Mothers email to me:]

Facebook last night refused to remove a page called “Aboriginal Memes” that is dedicated to stereotyping Aboriginal people as drunks, addicts and welfare abusers.

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I believe that too high a proportion of Aborigines ARE alcoholic, addicted, dole people because they have lost their heritage, their roots, their lives virtually and it is too late now to do anything at all to rectify this – why too late? Because their amazing culture has been killed, destroyed, with too many of their citizens, their children, their families & their societies and there is no longer any link to what it was.   I understand that the link to their highly spiritual past has been destroyed to a point where it has died and  is beyond retrieval.  Not all aborigines wish to become painters.  Painting was part of their lives, not a “sole occupation” as in “Western Society” …. their high connectedness with nature and the earth has gone, they either have to become part of “modern society” with it’s minimal true Spirituality, or they disintegrate and are those dole paid, alcoholic and addictive personalities so sneered at by many “Australians”. 

 

Tragic? Of course it is. “Western Society” has little to offer those who were truly in tune with nature. Bio-dynamic farming and the Steiner way of life is possibly the closest thing to the true earthiness of the Aborigines of any land. Why? Because it is based on a simplicity of life that is largely alien to modern cultures. “Sophisticated” read “artificial”, “false” and mainly unattractive and undesirable by earthier / more “primitive” cultures.   I no longer know which book I read that stated simply that all races are “evolving” other than the Australian Aboriginal races which are slowly becoming extinct.  Tragic, but horribly true. Face it. And be kind, supportive and loving to all, all societies die eventually, ( Atlantis, Egypt, Greece, Rome et al.) it is part of the nature of things, it is evolution, painful, yes. Inevitable, yes.

 

If you cannot see this and feel that there is another answer, then you are not able to see an uncomfortable reality.  Eventually you have to face that races die out, just like creatures in the wild, for whatever reason, (but usually “civilization’s growth”),  & we all eventually become extinct and the Cuckoo (Western Society) throws out the precious little ones to whom the nest belonged.

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/facebook-immediately-remove-the-racist-page-called-aboriginal-memes?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8887&alert_id=pcXBGBIzPV_OegJZAfQTd

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[My response to my mother:]

The mainstream media generally only focus on the drunks and the negative stories relating to indigenous Australians…

I have known many Aboriginals that live a healthy, fruitful life, very well connected to Gaia, culture, spirit and their heritage; several famous books focus on this being true throughout the past 200 years since colonialisation, my favourite being “Pemulwuy”…

Some of our greatest Australians are highly successful  Politicians, writers, sports men and women, business men and women, educators, actors, film stars and varying levels of artists, musos etc, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and upstanding members of the community, and are recognised as being  of indigenous/Aboriginal descent, further promoting the mainstream medias focus, that success and indigenous as the norm, don’t meet, seems unusual to me as it furthers the colonialist/elitist stance which most Australians are working hard at stamping out in this country and many other indigenous nations around the globe…

The Muckaty Country and the Kimberly country, as just two of many current ongoing examples, are being ridden rough shod over using this same argument, that “too high a proportion of Aborigines ARE alcoholic, addicted, dole people because they have lost their heritage, their roots, their lives virtually and it is too late now to do anything at all to rectify this”, with the attitude of. “so we will sort them and their problems out”…

 

(They’re also using the same argument as you in claiming;  

 

If you cannot see this and feel that there is another answer, then you are not able to see an uncomfortable reality.  Eventually you have to face that races die out, just like creatures in the wild, for whatever reason, (but usually “civilization’s growth”),  & we all eventually become extinct and the Cuckoo (Western Society) throws out the precious little ones to whom the nest belonged.”

 

-which has inflamed the passion of indigenous supporters Australia wide for decades, and presently with Bob Brown and Sea Shepherd currently campaigning in the Kimberly in support of local indigenous and their fight against James Price Point Gas Hub, it’s investors, the EPA and the West Australian government… Incidentally “Egypt, Greece, Rome” civilisations are still alive and thriving…)

In every meeting i have with like minded environmentalists we give verbal recognition to the indigenous of the area, (as we should here at Lusty Farms B&B) having a fatalistic stance of what spiritual or nature based connectedness remains with the majority of indigenous Australians serves whom, for what purpose and to what end?

Several dozen organisations in Australia promote bush tucker and the foraging for that food source. It is a growing activity and tourist attraction in peri-urban and bushland areas. The dozens of successful land title claims by indigenous aboriginals over the past 60 years exemplify this and the strength of the aboriginal peoples.

 

Below is one of my favourite artists songs , exemplifying the tenacity and fight of the indigenous.

 

From Little Things Big Things Grow

 

P. Kelly/K. Carmody

 

Gather round people let me tell you’re a story

An eight year long story of power and pride

British Lord Vestey and Vincent Lingiarri

Were opposite men on opposite sides

 

Vestey was fat with money and muscle

Beef was his business, broad was his door

Vincent was lean and spoke very little

He had no bank balance, hard dirt was his floor

 

From little things big things grow

From little things big things grow

 

Gurindji were working for nothing but rations

Where once they had gathered the wealth of the land

Daily the pressure got tighter and tighter

Gurindju decided they must make a stand

 

They picked up their swags and started off walking

At Wattie Creek they sat themselves down

Now it don’t sound like much but it sure got tongues talking

Back at the homestead and then in the town

 

From little things big things grow

From little things big things grow

 

Vestey man said I’ll double your wages

Seven quid a week you’ll have in your hand

Vincent said uhuh we’re not talking about wages

We’re sitting right here till we get our land

Vestey man roared and Vestey man thundered

You don’t stand the chance of a cinder in snow

Vince said if we fall others are rising

 

From little things big things grow

From little things big things grow

 

Then Vincent Lingiarri boarded an aeroplane

Landed in Sydney, big city of lights

And daily he went round softly speaking his story

To all kinds of men from all walks of life

 

And Vincent sat down with big politicians

This affair they told him is a matter of state

Let us sort it out, your people are hungry

Vincent said no thanks, we know how to wait

 

From little things big things grow

From little things big things grow

 

Then Vincent Lingiarri returned in an aeroplane

Back to his country once more to sit down

And he told his people let the stars keep on turning

We have friends in the south, in the cities and towns

 

Eight years went by, eight long years of waiting

Till one day a tall stranger appeared in the land

And he came with lawyers and he came with great ceremony

And through Vincent’s fingers poured a handful of sand

 

From little things big things grow

From little things big things grow

 

That was the story of Vincent Lingairri

But this is the story of something much more

How power and privilege can not move a people

Who know where they stand and stand in the law

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And from Wikipedia –

 

“The song was co-written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody [Ed- an indigenous artist], [1] and is based on the story of The Gurindji Strike and Vincent Lingiari.[2] It describes how the Gurindji people’s claim sparked the Indigenous land rights movement. The protest led to the Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The Act gave Indigenous people freehold title to traditional lands in the Northern Territory and the power of veto over mining and development on those lands. In 1975, 3,236 km² of land was handed back to the Gurindji people.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Little_Things_Big_Things_Grow

 

“Gurindji – along with all Aboriginal groups in this predicament – found their waterholes and soakages fenced off or fouled by cattle, which also ate or trampled fragile desert plant life, such as bush tomato. Dingo hunters regularly shot the people’s invaluable hunting dogs, and kangaroo, a staple meat, was also routinely shot since it competed with cattle for water and grazing land. Gurindji suffered lethal “reprisals” for any attempt to eat the cattle – anything from a skirmish to a massacre. The last recorded massacre in the area occurred at Coniston in 1928. There was little choice to stay alive but to move onto the cattle stations, receive rations, adopt a more sedentary life and, where possible, take work as stockmen and domestic help. If they couldn’t continue their traditional way of life, then at least to be on their own land – the foundation for their religion and spiritual beliefs – was crucial.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gurindji_Strike

It is recognised that the indigenous Australians had the most advanced system of trade and laws on the planet, in allot of areas the federal and state governments still allow these systems and laws to be used in contrast to the white man’s laws because they work well and effectively, again, this fact is never brought to light in the mainstream…

 

Allot of ongoing protest action against degradation of environment in the forms of mining and logging is spear headed by indigenous peoples in one form or another or inspired by them…

 

Yes the indigenous are overtly criminalised and deaths in custody still occur at a far higher rate per capita than in other demographic groups, and yes alcoholism occurs in some indigenous communities though it is more the case that indigenous have a strong foundation of culture and principle in various elements of society in Australia, not the other way round as perceived by the limited and spotlighted behaviour of some of the Aborigines suffering from afflictions that many times more whites also suffer from…

 

Bush tucker can sustain a healthy diet for all Australians’, promoting bush tucker far outweighs promoting any other form of farming, bio-dynamics or not, and is being promoted and encouraged and is rapidly growing and has been growing for many decades as a foodie movement in Australia and around the globe…

 

I think, per capita, colonialist, and non-indigenous Australians are far more represented in losing their culture, spirituality and heritage than indigenous Australians and we never get exposed to the good works in, around, of and by indigenous Australians so we continually perpetuate the rhetorically fuelled incongruous perception of indigenous Australians, and only to our detriment, not theirs; it is true, the meek shall inherit the earth, and they are, thanks to the likes of Lingiari and the fighting spirit of the great indigenous peoples (all indigenous peoples) and their respective nations of this great southern land and the world over and their supporters and the publicity gained through the misaligned view as seen by most mainstream media……

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About takesonetwoknowone

I have a daughter, and i want my daughter to know what's going on as i grow through my life surrounded by injustices perpetrated by bullies in so many forms and guises...
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