Essay on Visit At The Melbourne Museum

1939 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 null Page
It 's a necessity to draw a connection to the past and present, not only when discussing our own history and culture but the culture of the Indigenous people who were here before us. The reason for this is that not only if we understand their culture can we, as a species, improve, but it 'll also give us a firm understanding of a culture that was severely damaged by years of prejudice and hate, looking at this is something that will allow us a species to move forward. The site I chose to visit was at the Melbourne Museum, an Aboriginal Centre called Bunjilaka; the first thing a visitor will see is a sign that says “We welcome you to Victoria. We invite you to share in our culture and stories; to listen and to learn from the first peoples of this land. Wominjeka. You are a welcome,”1 the entirety of this quote is a gesture of openness and willingness for a non-Indigenous culture to learn about those who were on this land before they were, and this is a step to human growth and acceptance of a culture that is fundamentally different than our own.

While observing this culture, there are a questions that need to be asked, an important being why does there seem be a lack of cultural connections to the past and present today? To truly answer this, we must look at their culture in order to gain any real clarity as to what we are trying to form a connection on. Dennis Foley claims that “skin colour or percentages of Aboriginal 'blood ' cannot, and does not, define…

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