Why The Aboriginal People Have Vastly Different Ways Of Living

1485 Words Sep 30th, 2016 6 Pages
I respectfully acknowledge the Elders and custodians of the Yuin nation, past and present, their descendants and kin of the land where I am living, studying and working.
This is a warning that this journal may contain images, voices and names of deceased Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island people.

Whilst attending school with two Aboriginal students in my class, I was never exposed to people stereotyping Aboriginal people. I lived in an inland rural area of New South Wales, and after finishing school I moved to Kununurra, a northern remote area in Western Australia. This was a place where my knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal people their culture, history and identity was largely developed. I was exposed to so many dimensions of the different ways they lived, whether it was traditionally in remote communities or within the township. This exposure tested and challenged my thoughts, it lead me to further question some of the reasons why the Aboriginal people had vastly different ways of living. During the 3 years I lived in Kununurra I gained much repect for their culture and way of life and also learnt of the importance to of their identity.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been stereotyped and educating people on the facts is one way to change this behaviour. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have adapted dramatically to accommodate all that has been introduced into Australia since 1788” as stated by Reconciliation…

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