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  • Native American Folktales In Deer Dancer By Joy Harjo

    In Native American culture, folktales are passed down from generation to generation and used as a means of conveying messages and lessons about life. Many times in folktales, there are supernatural spirits that become embodied in human or semi-human characters and their stories are then often left up to the interpretation of those reading or hearing the tale. Much like folktales, ambiguity within “Deer Dancer” by Joy Harjo is leaves the story up to the interpretation of the reader. One way to…

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  • Essay On Animism In Australia

    Aboriginal Australians - Life within a Dream Before british colonization hit Australia, there was a unique way of life here. Aborigines were the members of the traditional aboriginal race of Australia. These people were hunters and gathers. Kinship represented their social structuring. Tribes formed along the male lineage were called the Patriarchal descent and consisted of 2 or more families, while the female led lineage was considered the Matriarchal descent. After the british…

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  • Bandicoot The Movie Sociology

    ranging in size and color (Outback) Going bush – to break away into “the bush” and be uncivilized (Dictionary.com) Bush (as Terrian) – an area of terrain covered by diverse plant life; terrain which is has been unfarmed by man (Dictionary.com) Dreamtime – “any remote period” detached from the present facts (Dictionary.com) Walkabout – a walk that is done with no set ending time and done “in the Outback by Aborigines” (Australian Slang) Frame tale as a literary term – a way to present a series…

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  • Freedom Rides In The 1960's

    the island. This displayed the ethnocentric attitudes of the British which gave indigenous Australians no rights to their traditional land. This issue was highlighted when Eddie Mabo was told that he had no claim to his father’s ancestral island. Dreamtime stories about the creation of the world strongly connected Aboriginal people spiritually with every feature of their indigenous land. Thus, the acknowledgement of their deserved ownership motivated many Torres Strait islanders to lodge a legal…

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  • Embedding Indigenous Perspectives In Education

    The aim of embedding indigenous perspectives in education is to embrace Australia’s First Nation, their culture, identity, and their dreamtime stories into Australian mainstream schooling. Aunty Tina Quitadamo (cited in Beresford et al. 2003, p. 149) comments ” similar to our dreaming, I see quality education as an evolving, holistic, spiritual and educative process providing meaningful opportunities for personal growth”. For the past 200 years Australian education formulated post-colonial…

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  • New Religious Movement: Modern Paganism

    Modern Paganisms such as Wicca serve primarily to fulfil the spiritual needs of believers in a manner supporting their pre-existing ideological convictions; as is shown by the diversity of opinion regarding the sacred within this spectrum of New Religious Movements. There are a multitude of sects within Modern Paganism, all claiming roots in the primordial past. In reaction to the growth of secularism throughout the 20th Century, various groups self-organized based upon a revived ‘natural…

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  • The Influence Of Religion On Australian Society

    Before the arrival of the British First Fleet in 1788, Aboriginals and their spiritual dreamtime beliefs dominated Australian culture. Once the predominant British and Irish convicts arrived in Australia, Christian based faiths like the Church of England, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran and Methodist became the only religions approved (Green…

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  • Indigenous Education In Australia

    Indigenous education across Australia has been gradually improving as we become more aware; however it is still drastically behind the standards of non-indigenous students. Therefore it is our responsibility as teachers to become aware of continual issues that have arisen and address them to enable progress. We must examine the ways in which we can Engage and encourage learning within our English classrooms. Before we begin I must tell you my personal experiences and explain why this is an…

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  • Myth: A Literary Analysis

    “Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?” The Flaming Lips has left this lyric embedded in the hearts of many people, but not everyone realizes this basic knowledge of human existence. There is a vast number of fundamental themes of our human existence that are not acknowledged, but is present in literature throughout history in every culture. Myths are fictional stories use metaphors to present and explain a mystery in the world—the source of study for human nature. They convey…

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  • Indigenous Experience Essay

    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…

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