HOW TEXTS OFFER SIMILAR YET DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES ON INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS’ EXPERIENCES The experiences Indigenous Australians go through impact their struggle to keep their cultural practises, land, rights and traditions alive. The specific 4 texts, ‘The Rabbits’ picture book by Shaun Tan, ‘No more boomerang’ by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, The Aboriginal Equation by Tamika Worrell and ‘Racism is Destroying the Australian Dream’ publicly stated by Stan Grant all tell different perspectives on Aboriginal peoples’ experiences while all having a main similarity; Something being taken away. The Rabbits, by John Marsden and Shaun Tan, is a picture book showing the Aboriginal people’s perspective towards the British Colonisers taking over their land and affecting the Indigenous people. Evidence to …show more content…
Evidence of quotes to support this includes “I am now a secondary teacher because I don’t want any Indigenous students to go through what I did”, “By being fair-skinned I have privilege that other mob don’t have”, “I have developed a thick skin” and “I’m not an equation or percentage for you to work out”. In the first quote, cause and effect is used to show what she went through in secondary school and how she’s trying to prevent it from happening to others. Concession is used in the second quote as it relates to the perspective of the darker skinned Aboriginals which links to how both light/dark skinned Indigenous people receive racist treatment. A metaphor in the third quote is used to show that she has come a long way and is now stronger. In the final quote, a self reference to the title is demonstrated which also represents her standing up for herself. The Aboriginal Equation is a text that shows Tamika Worrell’s perspective of her treatment through her life as a lighter skinned
In 2009, the year following the life changing National Apology to the Stolen Generations (Harrison, 2011), Dr Anita Heiss found herself undeniably the victim of racism, successfully suing the perpetrator Andrew Bolt in court with a nine other Aboriginal people for breaching the Racial Discrimination Act. Court case outcome aside, Andrew Bolt never gave an apology and maintains it was freedom of speech (Ritchie, 2011). This gave rise to articles such as Connor’s (2012) article that take Dr Anita Heiss’ down to earth nature and ability to make herself the joke’s punch line as contradictory to the message of oneness she promotes. Dr Anita Heiss is happy to challenge anyone who crosses her path with the task of reviewing their racial views. Indeed, though she often speaks frankly about how her characters can negotiate their lives with a freedom of speech that her status as a Wiradjuri women does not afford, Dr Anita Heiss does continue to challenge stereotypical views from both sides of the fence (Australian Broadcasting Corporation [ABC],
Smith continues his pattern of strong emotive language whilst depicting the poor and inhumane treatment of the Aboriginals and how in accordance to the newly aquatinted British laws and customs, they were “for the most part, invisible and discounted”. Statements such as these are used to position the reader to feel sympathy towards the Aboriginals as they come to terms with the full extend of the hardship and discord faced by them. Moreover, adding to the understanding of how tirelessly throughout history and continuing today, they have fought to obtain rights equal to those of a white Australian. Smith then continues by appealing to the readers sense of sustainability. By recounting how the Aboriginals “nurtured” and “preserved” Australia and how the life of modern Australian isn’t sustainable, and how we, should seek guidance and assistance from the Aboriginals.
Her father didn’t want to associate his family as being aboriginal because of the consequences and repercussions of the title. By telling their story and reflecting on it people can often uncover their identity and discover themselves their weaknesses, strengths and what they value most in life. This is important because it can allow you to uncover and discover your own true
The Rabbits John Marsden and Shaun Tan 'The Rabbits' is a picture book written by John Marsden and Shaun Tan that uses anthropomorphism to convey a story of colonisation. Despite the small amount of text in the book, it seems to offer many deep meanings. Because of this, Marsden and Tan heavily rely on their illustrations to convey themes using this such as symbolism, motifs, characterisation, and colour. By doing this, they make the book relatable not just to Australian Indigenous people, but to Indigenous people from all over who have had to experience colonisation. The clear depictions make the concepts understandable to all people Colonisation is investigated heavily through the book by use of characterisation.
The narrator describes how the Indigenous Australians in the area were forced to leave their land, saying, "The black people are gone, and so are the dingoes" (Ottley, 2007, p. 5). This quote highlights the displacement of Indigenous Australians by white settlers, as well as the impact of their absence on the environment. Moreover, the artwork in the text portrays the Indigenous Australians as dark and shadowy, emphasizing their marginalization and exclusion from mainstream society. Together, these examples demonstrate how power imbalances are present not only between humans, but also between humans and animals, and between different racial groups. The text serves as a commentary on the
In Australia, this, the unthinkable to many Australians, is and has been the reality for millions of Indigenous Australians across the nation. And there is a simple name for it. Prejudice. ‘The White Girl’ by Tony Birch and ‘Shame’ by Kevin Gilbert both offer a harrowing insight into what prejudice looked before a modern-day Australia, and both are vital to look at then, now and moving forward. Racial prejudice is embedded in the tapestry of Australia's
She writes with compassion and conviction, giving a raw but nuanced depiction of how systemic racism affects Indigenous lives. Michelle Good's "Five Little Indians" serves as a compelling call for reconciliation and justice among
Grant utilises traumatic anecdotes, allusion to contemporary issues and his first person’s point of view to bring forth the readers values and attitudes of accountability for the past, and criticalness of previous actions against Indigenous people. For example, Grant details personal tales of how his grandmother was turned away from the hospital because “she was giving birth to the child of a black person”. The anecdote attacks the latter part of the Australian Dream, stating “(..)deep sense of belonging that allows all Australian to thrive” which was unfortunately not the case where Grant’s elder was reprimanded of her right to treatment. Furthermore, Grant talks about his grandfather who fought wars for Australia but came back to a nation where “he couldn’t even share a drink with his digger mates in the pub because he was black”. The anecdotes again contradicts core Australian values of mateship and equality as Grant’s grandfather who served alongside his caucasian friends was not recognized as a citizen thus was denied the ability to socialise with his soldiers.
In this book she retells her story of the memories held growing up as a young islander girl, her family life before and after marrying a ‘White’ European man at the age of fifteen , and the harsh conflict and restrictions imposed by colonial oppression toward her tribe. Students of both European and Aboriginal descent will empathize with Kalmakuta as they journey through her memories and emotions experienced. Further reinforced student engagement can be achieved through the detailed records provided and carefully set within my proposed text as Kalmakuta describes the hardships faced through the actions of the ‘White
The Rabbits is a thought provoking picture book, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan. The book tells the story of Australia’s colonisation through colours, pictures and words. The book centres around two species, White Rabbits, who are invading a country, and Numbats, who are being invaded. The Rabbits book is based around the British invading Australia and the Indigenous' people's experiences and feelings about it. By replacing people with animals in the book, people are separated from what they think happened, and there is no cognitive bias.
The Rabbits – Shaun Tan: Response Revisionist texts allow an individual to understand a perspective or perception of reality that differs from the dominant one. A text which, through its construction encourages white Australians to re-interpret their ideology of the European discovery of Australia is the picture book, ‘The Rabbits’ by Shaun Tan, as it challenges the belief that if the Indigenous peoples had westernised themselves, Australia would be a greater nation. When the first text is revealed – “many grandparents ago,” the viewer is immediately positioned to see the story in the style of a Dreamtime story aka from the Aborigines’ point of view. Throughout the whole picture book, Marsden utilises very minimal text and rather relies on
You tell me, and I won’t put it down on the form, No-one will know but you and me”. It’s obvious that the author, Thomas King, is trying to make awareness about the treatment of Aboriginals are facing in
This expression of rebellion against the colonizers and their routes is in the book really steered at prospective specialists who treat Nan, who was separated from everyone else and defenseless, terribly at hospital to diagnose her ailment to demonstrate their capability. Notwithstanding, a deeper and analogical perusing focuses to a rational feedback of imperialism. The methodology, implies and their general impacts in bringing the colonized race in the book of sally Morgan my place the impact of colonialism has on Aboriginals regarding mimicry, ambivalence, hybridity and the ensuing components of character emergency on one hand and of Aboriginal "nationalism" on the other will be dissected in connection to feeling of having a place and personality. The white power has a vital part in My Place, which is to manage the lives of Aboriginals by means of different strategies, laws and their requirement through the police; and in Nan and Arthur’s chance, race was the main "classification for overseeing and adjusting Aboriginal people. the Aboriginals different and average legitimate status encouraged avoidance, control and control as a different class subject to exceptional laws and extraordinary organization, which demonstrates that the law was