My journey is about to come to an end, but I would be remiss if I didn’t dedicate a whole blog to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
I had taken the University of Technology Sydney’s Aboriginal Political History: Ideas, Action and Agency class with Dr. Anne Maree Payne and Ms. Jennifer Newman to learn about the country’s Indigenous population. Although my major isn’t focused on race relations, I knew it was one of the few classes UTS had to offer that was special to Australia alone, and not found in the United States.
I also had always been interested in Native American studies and that interest carried over to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. The history of Indigenous Australians is very similar, although not the same, to the history of Native Americans.
Both were people that migrated from Africa to their respected continents; both were nomadic/hunters and gather’s people that relied on oral history, rather than written history; and both were colonized by Europe.
Instead of writing a long and bloated blog about the history of Indigenous Australians, I have made a short video. But there are a few notes I like to point out:
-Although I will use the word ‘Aboriginal’ a lot, I am also including Torres Strait Islander people as well, who are a smaller group of Indigenous Australians located in the Torres Strait Islands in Queensland, but due to space, it’s easier to write ‘Aboriginal’.
-When someone dies in the tribe, the community is not allowed to see pictures of that person, read, or speak their name for length of period–this could be a year to a lifetime depending on the relationship. The warning title card is to let Indigenous Australians know that there will be pictures of deceased person in this video and if they are in the middle of grieving, they should use caution and not watch.