From the Dreamtime

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“The Australian way of life” is a phrase you’ll hear, just about anywhere you travel throughout our great land. It is used by Australian’s like currency, and it is a depiction of what it is like to live in the best country on the face of the Earth. There is no hard and fast rule about what “the Australian way of life” actually is. It is a fluid and dynamic definition, and one that can be used to describe everything that is great about Australia, it’s landscapes, its culture, and most importantly, it’s people. Whether you’re talking about hard yakka in the bush, or sunning yourself on Bondi Beach, it’s all part of “the Australian way of life”. In addition to this, the overwhelming and growing acknowledgement and recognition of the Aboriginal contribution to our great nation and its culture has meant that indigenous traditions and customs have also seeped into “the Australian way of life”. Traditional Aboriginal activities such as boomerang throwing and didgeridoo playing, as well as Aboriginal Dreamtime stories have become part of what it means to be Australian, and to live “the Australian way of life”. The way that Aboriginal Australian’s contribute to Australian society has become somewhat of a prerequisite. Their contribution is evident, but not acknowledged often enough. However, by recognising these types of contributions, White Australian’s are being educated further, about the important role that indigenous Australian’s have played in the development of our country, it’s culture, community, customs, and its way of life.

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One response to “From the Dreamtime

  1. I like your comment about Aboriginal contribution not being acknowledged enough. This is so unbelievably apparent today in our society and yes, the government have tried to make amens for the past by creating national “Sorry Day” which is held on May 26 every year to commemorate the mistreatment of Aboriginal’s during the Stolen Generation. But personally, I don’t believe this is enough. It is our ancestors and our history who were just pushed aside and there is certainly a greater need for acknowledgement of their hardship and suffering. Perhaps the Australian government could compensate those who were affected by the past by ensuring all Aboriginal communities have access to health, education and important resources that will help keep them out of trouble. It is sad that today, the Aboriginal community have been left behind when it comes to educating them about health risks as they are the demographic most susceptible to illnesses such as cancer. Here at The Eyes Have It we are concerned that the Aboriginal demographic of Australia have a lack of knowledge about eye care whilst in the sun. This is just one area of concern that the government must acknowledge and act upon as a result of compensation for those who lost everything.

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