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”