Your interpretation of Ooderoo Noonuccal’s ‘Aboriginal Charter of Rights’, has made me see something that I couldn’t visualise before. On a positive note the structure, and wording of this blog engaged me to keep reading and I did, I wanted more out of it and that’s why this positive was also a slight negative. It was so good I just wanted to keep going! Keep up the great work and I truly look forward to anymore upcoming Blogs! You truly have grasp a great understanding on the vital importance the Indigenous inhabitance had and their rights being values!
I truly have connected with your opinion of texts holding both our fondest and challenging memories. You have effectively understood the texts and shown the greater meaning behind them. Keep up the fantastic work!
Hello my fellow bloggers, Annaliese here! After another hectic week, literature has amazed my tamed, young soul yet again.
Following some intense debating an idea that has stuck with me this week in Australian Literature (mainly focusing on Indigenous writings) is that the term ‘Dreaming’ is everything. The in’s and the out’s of one’s indigenous identity, culture, land, art and the heritage is all time-less. Not one person can change the way history was told, because it just happens, so in the continuous time frame of the Indigenous people the dreaming literally encompassed their ‘Everywhen’.
* Everywhen is a term used to describe the history that is ongoing and following from the past, present and the future.
During the week, the author Lisa Bellear allowed me to experience this through her painted poetry of “Urbanised Reebocks”. One of the many assets that drew me deeper into the poem was her opaque writing style. At first glance it was difficult to read into one or multiple meanings, all that was seen was her scarce experiences of being apart from the land. Metaphorically speaking when she proclaims “I lose myself amongst the spirit of life..” , I faintly recognised her attachment to land and but I realised without it, it drowns out who she is.
Another key insight I hovered across was that it is truly up to the reader how the poem gets interpreted. Some may feel that it can be a contrast between the life she has with the land and with society as it is now with it’s materialistic changes. She created the word ‘Reeban’ as her sign of love for the Reebock shoes and the Rayban sunglasses. This inventive play on the word can be second-guessed by the meaning behind it. This I also did not see. The materialistic sense can be an obvious one; the repetition of the ‘R’ shows the flow upon a tongue of words not noticing the change (Reeban).
As I am signing off, I’ll leave you with a couple of things to think about;
- The Indigenous inhabitants will always see the ‘Dreaming’ as everything. It makes up who they are, and nothing will change their beliefs and traditions. If it hasn’t worked before it won’t work now.
- As well, Lisa Bellear’s visual creation “Urbanised Reebocks”, is an outstanding read, if you haven’t already you must do so.
So if you are stuck with understand the Indigenous beliefs, traditions, culture, who they are you should look towards the Dreaming, you’re sure to find amazing things in there! Hopefully, this piece opens your mind to a new landscape.
Enjoy!! I’ll see you all same time next week!
^ above a photo of the author. Lisa Bellear
*Lisa Bellear “Urbanised Reebocks” from the “Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature”
Encompassing on this pristine journey has brought to my attention that the nature of texts has many unopened layers to explore therefore stretching the boundaries of what can be revealed to individuals and society. Through ones senses, to their physical surroundings as well as ones briefly educated mind, there is so much more to learn and discover in this great big blue ball we call earth.
To the individuals of today’s era, visual being is represented at the main core of their world as individuals rely on this guiding sense thus blurring out the rest. Unfortunately, I was apart of that community. A carefully sculpted poem written by Judith Wright titled “Rockface” this passing week has shown me otherwise. On all accounts Wright’s underlining meaning lies within the land. How the land is personified to expose that it is it’s own being reaching out to her, “In the days of the hunters with spears, this rock had a name”, through it’s strong sense of soul. Another insight which stood with me was how Wright had painted this beautiful mind filling picture of setting the meaning of the important of the Australian landscapes in the last stanza “The remnant of a mountain has it’s own meaning”, opposed to the materialistic views which society have upheld.
Wright’s incredible tribute to the land has allowed the country surroundings to teach individuals and society that materialistic value is being overtaken by one’s respect towards the significance of Australian landscape.
My personal connection with this poem has been the identity thief that the mountain is assumed to be shown as. The relation I possess with this is throughout high school the commonality of being alike another person dulled the true unique identity which no one can take or compare too.
I hope everyone enjoyed my take on Societal Responses to Literature in our current timeframe. Leave a comment below!
*Judith Wright, “Rockface” from “The Shadow of Fire: Chazals” (1985)
Written by Annaliese Ferraro