Once A Prison, Always A Prison?

There’s a saying, “what goes around comes around”. Has Australia really been a “free” & sovereign nation since? … In 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip and 1,500 convicts, crew, marines and civilians arrived at Sydney Cove. In the 10 years that followed, it’s estimated that the Indigenous population of Australia was reduced by 90%. Three main reasons for this dramatic population decline were: (1) The introduction of new diseases (2) Settler acquisition (takeover) of 1st Nations lands, (3) Direct and violent conflict with the colonisers … perhaps we still have much to learn when it comes to “freedom”?

And in 2021, we won’t even bother with sovereign rights, personal sovereignty re medical procedures, whilst we don’t have a bill of rights, nor constitutional protection of “our rights” to defend one self, so, are we all just in good behaviour mode in an “open prison” in one of the most over-governed countries of the so-called “free world”? 😉🪃👣

Aboriginal, aboriginal, indigenous

There is a huge difference in meaning between “indigenous”, “aboriginal” and “Aboriginal”, do your learning/research…indigenous is all inclusive of all and anyone born in a country. Aboriginal with a capital A, is a unique identifier in the English speaking language, to those aboriginal peoples , specific and only to Australia. In this usage, Aboriginal with a capital A is a noun, not an adjective, whereas aboriginal people, is aboriginal descriptive of a particular grouping within a country of indigenous People born to/in a country.

Understand what you’re saying/meaning if and when using English, especially in reference to Australia.

Livin’ His-Story Embodied

The “his-story” of Aboriginals of Gondwana is re-presented in the living memory of experiences, my history, my Mother’story, my Grandmother’s story, my “dreaming”, yOUR Tjukuuritja Tjukurrpa, my Djumall’s metaphysical “presence” …. All this and much more is not a recent cover-up …. Living “history” is alive and embodied in the living re-presentatives known as Aboriginal, aboriginal and/or indigenous beings still living, being within the flesh. The “stories” may have been lost — [as Max Igan said] — through “knowing” is not via intellectual rational mind/thinking … 🪃🔥👣

Brothers in The Cause

Brothers in The Cause … though in our different ways and paths, we grew to respect each other in a way that is more often felt, not spoken. Many times during many years, crossing-over, passing-by, and then often joining on common ground. (Sadly one of my comrades passed recently [2020]. I was honoured to have invited him & wife as my guests to this particular event in 2018).

Community A&TSI Awards night 2018.

So, what exactly is Traditional art & musical Instruments

The melding/blending of cultural “traditions” seems to be the way of humans across the world and throughout the history of “contact” or “conquest”. An inevitability… like the “westernisation” of 1st nations people more recently… the “Koori law” as noted by a Sydney born/raised “elder” from Redfern called it, is not the same as “you mob in the west & NT who still have your traditional ways/practices and Lore”. so-called Aboriginal “urban culture” blends hip-hop, rap, other “people’s” instruments , styles, speech, musical form, art (eg. graffiti art) in contemporary music/artistry under the term Aboriginal music/artists, yet apparently want to “claim” traditional ownership of certain “instruments/art forms”, whilst living within the acculturation process as such? Hmm …

“Statement from The Heart” not Supported

In 2017 the Anangu Tribal Elders asked for the name of Uluru Statement from the Heart to be changed. The Referendum Council and other government bodies that cooked-up the statement never asked for permission to have the convention at Yalara (near Uluru) or to use the Uluru name on the statement and the Council have turned their backs on the request to remove it.

So much for the statement really respecting culture! Aunty Alison Hunt, Desert Leader was asked to speak on behalf of the Anangu mob.

DJ (12 July 20200)