Aspects Of Their Identity : The Australian Master Narrative At The Time Was One Of The Savior

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aspects of their identity, but brought up in White households without any semblance of their culture and forbidden to express any of their memories from their former lives. They were not allowed to speak their native language and contact with their families – if any existed - was limited and closely monitored and controlled. The fear of an essential genocide scarred an identity of victimhood within the Indigenous people (Laqueur, 2010).
While the Indigenous narrative was grounded in victimhood, the Australian master narrative at the time was one of the savior. This narrative was perpetuated by cultural leaders and maintained by the government, as few individuals had personal memories of Indigenous people and history was written by mainstream society with the Australian culture shown in a positive light (Gunstone, 2004). The Indigenous culture was notably different than that of the White Australians, having immigrated primarily from Western Europe. Based on standards rooted in ethnocentrism, Indigenous people were viewed as unclean, alcoholics living in extreme poverty. Little thought was given to the source of their poverty (i.e. unlawful colonization). By removing the children, the government promoted the narrative that they were doing society a favor by slowly dissolving the Indigenous culture and forcing children into their superior, civilized culture. By the early 1900s children could be removed from their families without a court hearing. Removing children from…

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