Samantha Harris

September 9, 2006

This weblog is not only about aborigines. But I have to show this picture of an aboriginal model: Samantha Harris.

The Bulletin: ‘Dream time’

Aborinigal PR

September 8, 2006

The Australian newsletter Crikey has published some interesting articles about aborigines and its PR-strategy. Crikey asks some experts if the aboriginal people would be better off if they invested in better PR. Reconcilliation Australia or other aborigines-experts answer the ideas. It’s interesting stuff, but unfortunately I don’t have enough time to read them thouroughly. If you have time, read it!

I like the suggestion of Bronwyn Morgan: “Change Australian history curriculum throughout the education system to position white settlement in 1788 as one point in the 60,000 year history of people living in Australia, rather than the starting point of Australian history”. He’s so right about this.

Noel Turnbull says that a PR-campaign is too little, too late. To tackle the problem, Australia should go deeper than PR and change it way how it looks to aborigines culture and the Westernized country. Kirstie Parker, on the other hand, is not opposed to a better PR.

“It is not us that need a makeover but our image so, as long as we get to call the shots, there’s no real reason to be threatened by or frightened by the idea. I’d call it “bush cunning” to use all available resources”, she writes.

And then there is that New Zealand perspective on the topic. He says people have to live with each other. He met some Australians and chatted about aborigines, but none of them has met one.

The last hyperlink is a text written by Jackie Huggins (Reconciliation Australia) in The Australian.

Paul Briggs writes in The Age an op-ed about the aborigines in South-East Australia. He says that these people are less accepted as aborigines than the ones in the north of the country.

“Much to our bitter sorrow and loss, south-eastern Australia’s Aborigines have no opportunity to take identity for granted, and no opportunity to celebrate their culture in the environment of diversity and multiculturalism that the nation purportedly values”, he writes.

But there are 200.000 aborigines living in South-East Australia. That’s approximately the same amount as in the rest of Australia.

“We are stigmatised as a ‘deficit’, having nothing to offer or share, and represent nothing to celebrate in mutual joy with the mainstream community.”

Briggs wants that the aboriginal culture is as important as any other culture in Australia.

Last chance to visit the exhibition ‘Australia, the land, the people‘ in the museum ‘Volkenkunde’ in the city of Leiden in Holland. Next weekend is the last weekend the exhibition is open. The history of the aborigines is told. There is some exclusive video footage from the thirties and you can see lots of instruments that come from the collection of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide.

If you’re in the Netherlands this week; a must see!

This year it is 400 years ago that the first Dutch set foot on Australian soil. The ship was called ‘Duyvken’ and the sailors wrote in their logs that Australia is an empty country with no gain whatsoever for the ‘Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie’.