Perspective 

There was a young man who invented a game. He was an Aboriginal man who wanted to explain what it felt like to be an Aboriginal person in this country. The game took you through a history of his people and every day situations we would never come across.

Every time something good happened, the counter moved two steps back. Every time you chose to discriminate against another, the counter moved two steps forward. You won the game through the oppression of many.

He said he wanted to express what it felt like to have every success of his people marred by our own systemic political and cultural failures. For every step forward by his people, he was waiting to see and hear the inevitable backlash. I could feel the weight of it. The unfairness of it from his perspective.

Since the First Fleet sailed into Botany Bay, his story and the story of his ancestors has been one full of dispossession and oppression. Only now are we trying to undo some of the damage done to their language, heritage and identity with varying degrees of success.

It is NAIDOC Week in Australia. A week that celebrates the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For one week there will be flags on the city streets, art galleries and performance venues will host various cultural events. Churches, community halls, and even the local mall will have performances from the community.

There is also an open invitation to celebrate with them. To learn from their connection to country and their history. This year’s theme touches on language and what it means to keep it alive.

It was at one of these events I met a young mum. Her father was a Dunghutti man from up north and her mother was a Dharawal woman from the local neighbourhood.

She tells me her children love this week. It is a recognition of their culture and highlights their ancient connection to their tribe and to this land. Their land.

She tries to go to one event a day to mark her heritage. For one week every year, she gets to openly, proudly, celebrate who she is and what this home means to her.

Via the Daily Prompt: Perspective and Sail

Comments are closed.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

American Socialite

From Poverty to Socialite: how to live like you've always been rich.

athousandbitsofpaper.wordpress.com/

“There is no easy way from the earth to the stars” Seneca

Erica Robbin

ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE

Lingo in Transit

Travel, Languages and Life

Sarah Collins Bookworm

Journalist, traveller, collector of hats, bookworm

LITERARY TRUCE

Between two languages: books and other things

Jonathan Wrote This

It's turtles, all the way down.

Sweet aroma

Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God...2 Corinthians 2:15

%d bloggers like this: