I think the real reason why Native suffering and oppression doesn’t get discussed is because it would require a lot of people in this country to really do some serious critical analysis of what this country and government has done and is still doing and that the thought is too heavy and unfathomable for them to even process it. So instead they make excuses, they make justifications, they blow off any and all talk about it, and they put the blame and contempt on us instead of our oppressors, because the reality of it all would just be too much for them to possibly comprehend.

And pardon me if I can’t sympathize with you for choosing to tune out something that is a reality for us every single day. You’re not listening, you don’t want to listen, and because of that people are still suffering and dying. I can’t be understanding and sympathetic towards you. Not when Indigenous women still go missing and murdered in Canada by the hundreds. Not when one in three of those women will be sexually assaulted at least once in their lifetime. Not when Native children are being kidnapped by the government and taken away from their families. Not when Hollywood still continues to churn out harmful stories and messages that degrade us further. Not when people on the reservations are killing themselves. 

Hate is not the opposite of love. Indifference is. And people have been VERY indifferent towards Indigenous people for a long time.

Image: Ali Cobby Eckermann. (Woodford Folk Festival/Flickr) 

When Ali Cobby Eckermann received an email announcing she’d won one of the world’s richest literary prizes (the $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize), the unemployed Aboriginal poet says she had no idea what to think. Then, she tells The Guardian, she “pretty much just cried.” The poet, who lives in a caravan in South Australia with her elderly adoptive mother, added: “It’s going to change my life completely.”

Unemployed, Living In A Caravan — And Now, Winner Of A $165,000 Literary Prize

anonymous asked:

As a feminist anthropologist, how to you approach the cultures of Aboriginal Australians? They are a people who have faced enormous injustice at the hands of colonists, yet are also historically one of the most patriarchal peoples on earth. I mean, their treatment of women was shocking even to Victorian-era Englishmen. I'm reading about them, and finding it hard to unpack all of this. How does one approach a culture that is a victim of injustice but also is traditionally the opposit of feminist?

I always love the whole ‘the colonizers are appalled by the way the colonized treat their women’ because like dudes look in the god damn mirror. There’s also a book called Orientalism, I recommend it, though it does apply to the Middle East. 

As a White person, I cannot with any conscience be like ‘Aboriginal Australians don’t have a matriarchy so FUCK EM’. Post-colonial / feminist scholars are going to be your best bet. My favorite feminist anthropologist is Abu-Lughod, I’d recommend reading “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?” to get a whiff of the tug and pull between racism and feminism. 

In the kumbaya anthropology, all cultures all equal and yadda yadda but imo, and the opinions of others, all cultures are also open to feminist, post-colonial, and queer critique. Post-colonial scholars will be passionate about pointing to the horrific injustice faced by Aboriginal Australians. Feminist anthropologists will evaluate gender roles and expectations in their society. Calling out other cultures does sometimes make me uncomfortable (see my ask about female genital mutilation) - but I do love when anthropologists of that culture call it out themselves, rather than the Global North anthropologists putting on their white savior suits. 

New Language Spawned in Remote Australian Town and Only 350 People Can Speak It

It is not every day that a new and unique language is discovered, but this finding really has anthropologists stumped. In a tiny, remote Aboriginal community in outback Australia, an American linguist discovered that a new language emerged among the young people in the community and is now spoken by around 350 individuals, all under the age of 35. But how was this new language spawned when they were already perfectly able to communicate with each other without it?

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On^yota’a:ká (sign language)

Oneida sign language is a system of communication inspired from the Plains Native American tribes that used a similar form of sign language known as “American Indian hand talk” or “The Plains method”. This method of this communication has been used for over 400 years and was/is used among many tribes in North America. Oneida sign language interpreters: Marsha and Max Ireland from the Oneida Of The Thames First Nation.

Uluru - Northern Territory, Australia 

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is Australia’s most famous natural landmark. Created over 600 million years ago, it once sat at the bottom of the sea, but now rises 348m above ground. The monolith is considered a sacred site to the native people of Australia.


#7 Aboriginal tale “The secret of dreaming” This is the aborigines story of creation and dreaming is a big part of their belief - I can definitely recommend reading this story / poem! There’s a bunch of stuff that I would like to change about this one, but hey, I’m catching up, only 4 to go 😅


July 12th 1971: Australian Aboriginal Flag first flown

On this day in 1971, the Australian Aboriginal Flag was flown for the first time. Designed by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas, the flag represents the unity and identity of indigenous Australians; the black half symbolises the Aboriginal people, the yellow circle the sun, and the red half the red earth which is central to indigenous religious ceremonies. It was debuted during the National Aborigines Day celebrations in Adelaide during the height of the indigenous campaign for land rights as an attempt to gain more visibility. While accepted as the flag of the unofficial Aboriginal ‘Tent Embassy’ in the capital city of Canberra in 1972, it was not proclaimed a ‘Flag of Australia’ until 1995. Before then, the flag remained a point of controversy, especially when Aboriginal sprinter Cathy Freeman carried both the Aboriginal and Australian national flag during a victory lap in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. By the 2000 Sydney Olympics, however, attitudes had changed and Freeman was praised for carrying the Aboriginal flag with pride. Some campaigners have called for the Aboriginal flag to replace the Union Jack in the upper-left corner of the current Australian flag to create a new national symbol, though Harold Thomas himself opposes this idea. Since 2002, as part of a wider effort at reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, the Aboriginal flag has permanently flown in Victoria Square, Adelaide, where it debuted in 1971.

“This was my race and no one was going to stop me telling the world how proud I was to be Aboriginal. Somewhere deep inside, I’d absorbed all the pain and suffering my people had endured and turned it into a source of strength”
- Cathy Freeman

In Western Australia, minerals are being dug up from Aboriginal land and shipped to China for a profit of a billion dollars a week. In this, the richest, “booming” state, the prisons bulge with stricken Aboriginal people, including juveniles whose mothers stand at the prison gates, pleading for their release. The incarceration of black Australians here is eight times that of black South Africans during the last decade of apartheid.
—  John Pilger, ‘Mandela is gone, but apartheid is alive and well in Australia’