Indigenous Experience Essay

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Born and raised on the City of Gold Coast I had little understanding of the ways of Aboriginal people. I didn’t come in contact with many indigenous while growing up. There may have been one or two Torres strait islanders in my class but I never really paid much attention to where they came from I just treated them like other class mates. This didn’t help me broaden my knowledge of their culture, as we never discussed it. During primary school we learnt some of the Dream Time stories and the their different ways of living. However, not until high school did we learn what truly happened to Aboriginals. We watched eye-opening movies such as ‘The Rabbit Proof Fence’ that started more questions about the aboriginal culture, why they were treated so badly and what is different about it today. This just shows how ignorant I have lived regards to the knowledge of indigenous culture.
Coming into this course I had little understanding of what I was expecting, as it was a core subject and I was required to attended I didn’t read the subject description or details before attending the first lecture. My only guess was the naming of the subject. My thoughts went to learning about the protocols of
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The first guest Gordon Hookey is a political artist from Waanyi Land and spreads the awareness of indigenous of the toll the domestic and international events and politics that effect indigenous communities globally. His works are inspirational and so straightforward that you can’t deflect the meaning of this works like the media does with indigenous people. This influences my future practice as it shows what I could achieve with my art. I could tell the world important information that is being over looked by the media. My art doesn’t have to be ‘cute’ or ‘appealing’ it can be hard-hitting and meaningful. Gordon Hookey has widened my artist style and hopefully influences future art

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