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Anonymous asked: re: being taught aboriginal history for nine years - "and everybody concludes that they're sick of hearing about it because they are privileged enough to be so(including me until someone taught me better)nice sentiment though" - take note that you can be sick of being taught the exact same thing for nine years without it being based on privilege, not to mention that the shit we're taught is all from a white colonial perspective. I wanted to know more about pre-colonisation and the >>
'»progression of indigenous culture throughout modern history. I wanted to learn about the Aboriginal soldiers in WWI, WWII, Vietnam, etc.. I wanted to learn about more than just the same old 'we stole some kids but KRudd said sorry' bullshit, so yeah, I did complain about being bored with the material. Not out of privilege or belief that it didn't matter, but because I knew that there was so much more that we, as young Australians, needed to be taught. Don't be so quick to condemn your peers.'
that’s a similar sentiment to what I expressed in my previous rant and I agree with you totally that we do need to learn more and that there’s more to Aboriginal history than watching Rabbit-proof Fence for the third or fourth time (although in my case that was mostly because I took studies of religion which had mandatory units on Aboriginal spirituality. I’m glad of that! It’s an important thing! I just wish that it was coordinated with the history curriculum so that the same ground wasn’t re-covered and that a wider variety of things could be taught).
The thing is that for white people racial oppression, particularly through colonialism, is nothing but an abstraction. The empathetic among us can imagine what it would be like, but never enough to properly grasp it. We simply don’t have the experience. Part of white privilege is the ability to say ‘I don’t care about this anymore’ and shut it out any knowledge of racial oppression. If I were so inclined not only could I ignore the existence of slavery and colonialism and the stolen generations and apartheid, but there are people who would agree with me if I wanted to argue that they were actually good things. A dwindling number, thank fuck, but still a significant one. For PoC however (and any kind of oppressed group for that matter), oppression is a lived experience that’s intrinsic to their reality. You cannot escape it. White people don’t get bored of hearing about Aboriginal oppression because of their privilege necessarily (I’m sure there are fucktons who do, but as you have said the lack of variety would certainly contribute), but because of their privilege they are able to shut it out, and that increases the likelihood that they will.
Perhaps I could have expressed that point better in my original tags, but hopefully this makes things clearer.
Anonymous asked: well to be fair all Australian history is boring. White history and Indigenous history. It cant compete with Greek, Roman, Persian, Chinese and so on
not true! It’s just taught in a horrible way!. Let’s start with pre-colonisation because I feel that otherwise it’ll turn into a rant too quickly. Most of indigenous history is just ‘these are all the horrible things the white people did to Aboriginal Australians.’ This is important and needs to be taught so that we understand our racist past. However, very little is taught about how the indigenous people lived and what they did before colonisation. Sure we know about some of their technologies and a couple of basic legends, but what about the events? They certainly weren’t just sitting on their arses for tens of thousands of years. They would have fought and traded and talked with each other and you don’t learn about that at all. Now, to be fair, a lot of this has been incorporated into myth and legend that people who aren’t members of the clan cannot know the full details (as a disclaimer I could be totally wrong about that, so if you’re an Indigenous Australian feel free to correct me). That does make it hard for historians who aren’t indigenous to study. Stuff like Rabbit-proof Fence is important and needs to be taught, but better knowledge of Aboriginal culture and history before colonisation would give students a better appreciation of how the arrival of europeans royally fucked things up, and also give them a better understanding of modern Indigenous Australians now.
My problem with post-colonisation Australian history is that they actually glaze over some of the most interesting stuff that happened. Eureka Stockade? I can vaguely remember it from year four or something but I’ll be arsed if I can remember what they were fighting about. That time that Sydney started using rum as a currency? Nope. Battle of Tobruk? Not there unless you research it yourself. Battle of Long Tan? Nope. FUCKING GUN BATTLES IN SYDNEY BETWEEN AUSTRALIAN COMMUNISTS AND THE OLD GUARD? YOU BET YOUR SWEET ARSE THEY’RE NOT THERE. And that, my friends is just white dude history. What about the Snowy Mountain Hydro scheme, built by European immigrants who faced incredible discrimination at the time? What about the stories of settler and convict and migrant women (if you claim there are none you’re not looking hard enough.)? What about the enslavement of south-east asian islanders to work on sugar plantations in Queensland?
I know that there is limited amount of time for the teaching of Australian history in Australian schools, and that the focus should be on more than Australia, but I’d just like to return to my earlier comment about awesome women and relate that to answer your question in a form of tl;dr.
If you claim ‘the history of [x] is boring’, ‘[x] has no history’, then you are not looking hard enough
Australia history is taught awfully, take it from one studying it at a university level. When I did start studying it at Uni, I knew about a lot of things mentioned here only because I grew up reading books. They were basically fictional children’s diaries, based on Australian history. There were a lot of them and they covered so much- half of which never got mentioned in class. And they were interesting and mostly written from the perspective of young girls which was just another plus for them.
But Australian history is a complex and interesting thing where such a lot happened in a relatively short time span. The history of trade unions, the fights and strikes involved in those or the history of Chinese immigrants here are just two of many groups with fascinating histories that span right from the beginning of European history.
Or if you want before that, how about the history of Australia’s mega fauna? Or detailing the lives of those who traded with the Aboriginals here before Captain Cook arrived (and there were some people who did trade in the north, it’s been proven)?
tl,dr I love Australia history, it’s full of loads of great stories and is super interesting.
Good point, I like you
Inuit Throat-Singing: A Gutteral Game Gets a Cultural Resurgence
“It’s a friendly competition between girls, something they would do while the men were out hunting,” said Kathy in at interview at the conference. Karin added: ”It’s part of Inuit culture. It’s an oral tradition, it’s something that can’t be written down, it has to be learned from someone else,.”
A “game” of throat-singing begins with two women facing each other, standing close and sometimes holding each other’s arms. One begins to sing, while the other follows. The game can last up to a few minutes, and ends when one loses her breath, laughs, or breaks concentration in any way. Some sources, such as Pulaarvik Kablu Friendership Centre, cite that it was once practiced with their lips practically touching, the women using their opponent’s mouth cavity as a sound resonator.
You actually don’t even have to introduce yourself if you don’t want to, i don’t need an a/s/l, we don’t have to do the “hey whats up” “not much you?” thing, you can just say “so at school yesterday this idiot said…” in my ask box and I will gladly converse with you. Like seriously I will just talk to you like we’re best friends.
Imagine if Sirius could have raised Harry and when he sent a howler to him in his second year for driving the car to school.
"I’M NOT EVEN MAD, I’M ACTUALLY IMPRESSED. MERLIN’S BLOODY BALLS I’M PROUD."
And Remus in the background “SIRIUS NO.”
I’m not disturbed by the speech itself as much as the fact that McConaughey’s place in our culture affords him the privilege of having a slightly off-kilter personality, almost without criticism. People have (rightly) gushed over Lupita Nyong’o’s touching Oscars speech, pointing out her poise, elegance, and genuinely touching words. But would the same praise have been lavished upon her if she thanked herself in her acceptance speech, and topped it off with a mumbling “all right, all right”? Last year, Anne Hathaway was consistently derided for her “smugness” and overly long acceptance speeches, while no ill comments have been thrown at McConaughey’s shit-eating grin. Kanye West is intense, but his intensity is unfailingly characterized as “ranting,” rather than a lovable personality quirk. Covert sexism and racism are nothing new (obviously), but McConaughey’s effortless swagger only emphasizes that his is the kind of behavior that we only — and even praise — when it comes in the form of a straight, traditionally masculine white male actor.
face game too strong tonight
Pacific Rim B-Movie style poster
Can you imagine someone casting their first successful corporeal Patronus, but it comes out enormous and unidentifiable and it just keeps emerging out of their wand… everyone turns to watch, confused and concerned, and the caster just stares blankly at the Patronus until some nerd recognizes the shape and shouts, “Good lord, it’s a Blue Whale!”
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