Published on August 20, 2014
Bella Davies Bella Davies The indigenous Aboriginal People In the 1930s and early 1940s the indigenous Australians experienced the cruelty that the white settlers handed down to them by taking away their traditions and their culture. However, the effects of the stolen generation has only recently come out with an estimated 100,000 indigenous children were taken away from their perfectly capable families. These kids were either put in institutions, such as mission Island where Nullah was sent in the movie, or became in the care of white families in an attempt to stop the breeding of black indigenous people. By doing this the children experienced separation from their land, culture and family witch isn’t completely evident in the film Australia . The repercussions of children being taken has led to serious numbers of aboriginal Australians who suffer from mental illness, depression and imprisonment when compared to White Australians. The Australian Government states Aboriginal youth is the fastest growing population who are prisoner’s particularly young aboriginal women who make up 30% of women behind bars today. Due to the detachment of their culture the stolen generation is a huge issue for Indigenous people today and only in recent years has been acknowledged in 2008 by Kevin Rudd. The Indigenous Australian Culture is one without a written history, where stories and tales were the only way of passing information and legend from generation to generation. It also encompasses beautiful and original art, such as the piece in the source above, of a kangaroo, surrounded by the semi-circle symbol for man. Because of the children being taken, it has been said that “a lot of people say that they don’t know exactly where they are, whether they’re white or black. Where exactly they belong.” As the children were housed either in institutions or with white families, neither of which allowed for anything but Christianity, they lost a great deal of their culture, language and their feeling of belonging. The discrimination faced by the Aboriginal people in the 20th century was shameful, and still continues to some extent today. In the movie Australia it portrays aspects of the indigenous dreaming, using the aboriginal’s knowledge of the land, their survival songs and knowledge and stories passed down from the aboriginal elders. It shows aboriginal songs and dances briefly in the film, some of the customs referred to as “black fella magic” when it shows “King George”, an aboriginal elder performing these. The film shows how the indigenous people use their knowledge of the land for resources in survival; this contributes to how they find specific water resources such as water holes and other natural resources. This is all shown in the film when they portray indigenous Australia.