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  • Nearby the river

Aboriginals...

Aborigins are the native people of Australia. It is said them to live on this land for 50.000 years. Nowadays they seem to be respected but just after the British colonial arrival in 1770-80's to Australia, they are forced to cope with another culture and came to a point about to extinct. As original people of this land for thousands of years they were under  lots of pressure at that time. In the last two-three decade it is frequently uttered by the society of art, advertisement and politics as; "they are the real owner of this land". These seemingly supportive and honorific efforts is a nice way of apology and saying "sorry" for the agonize past.

With the beginning of colonial period in Tasmania and Australia Aboriginals started have really bad times in their places. Coming of white men brought a bleak and sad period to them. For instance; killing an aboriginal was not a big crime and the punishment was at most some lashes for the white people. They are not taken into account and counted in the censuses till 1971. 200 years, 1971 census was the first time they are participated as an identity. They are heavily treated by cultural, religious and educational colonial practices. More than 500 aboriginal language are extinct now. The language has been almost forgotten. They live in these circumstances as they can. Lately there are a lot of voice raising for them including themselves. I feel sorry when I listen an an Aboriginal Australian praising their culture with her or his perfect English. To have an perspective for the old times, I can recommend you to watch "Rabbit Proof Fence" movie telling the first years of colonization with assimilation or transformation efforts, whatever it is called.

Torres Strait Islander...

Australian official recognition efforts includes another ethnic group which is "Torres Strait Islander". "Torres Strait Islanders are the second group of Indigenous Australians and a minority within a minority. Torres Strait, which lies between Cape York and
Papua New Guinea, is legally part of Queensland. Its islands were annexed comparatively late: those within 60 nautical miles (97 kilometres) ..." (http://www.multiculturalaustralia.edu.au/doc/shnukal_torres_strait.pdf)

You see the same recognition efforts for both minority groups in Australia.

Immigrants vs Aboriginals...

Australia is a country of immigrants. This is another melting pot in the world. Even though they are very well educated or have beautiful skills, immigrants need time to cope with all the cultural perspectives and values of this country. Australia has historical belongings, colours and richness coming from Aboriginals. On this spot, another bizarre thing for me is to hear the scornful critics about Aboriginal people by the immigrants from Balkan states, Middle East, East Europe or some Asian countries. It is a bit hard to understand and accept. We are all human beings and none of us has a record of pure and perfect story. We are trying to evolve in this planet. Right?

Improvements...

Aboriginals struggled for their rights intensively and increasingly after 1950s. In time Aboriginal right started to improve gradually. After so many years, in 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave a historical apology speech in the parliament and said "SORRY" for all addressing basically to Aboriginal people. You may watch this 3 minutes important speech's video (by clicking here).

The credit has to be given to the governments that made big progresses in term of the rights, recognition and acceptance of Aboriginal people in comparatively short period of time. 

The Aboriginal touch frames from my 2016-2017 Australia visit...

Dreams, Tjurkurrpa or Dreamtime...

"Tjurkurrpa"is an Aboriginal word for trans like state of mind for dreaming. This dreaming seems to me a way of communication with the world and maybe with the universe. For me "Dreamtime" does not correspond to the philosophy for "Tjurkurrpa". In Aboriginal belief and myth system nearly everything shapes around this "Tjurkurrpa" understanding. If you would like to read about "Tjurkurrpa" you may click here. Aboriginal belief based and explained by three worlds starting from creation; Physical World, Human World and Sacred World.

  • Paintings of the Tjukurpa...

Aboriginal people believe that the land is the mother. This is the same belief that is seen in "Inca" and "Tiwanaku" civilizations as the mother-earth "Pachmama". Aboriginal people believe that "We don't own the land, The Land owns us". The belief system is based on the nature. They believe that the ancestors spirits live in crocodiles, sharks, kangaroos, ants, snakes. Including "Creation" everything is expressed with the dreams ("Tjurkurrpa").

When I heard the term "dream" I always remember Carl Jung. 🙂 The subject motivates very wide mythological and cultural reading and thinking. If I find time I want to deal with this subject more.

If you comment on the these issues and ask questions I will be motivated by your input. Thanks for reading...