a chance to rewrite the Aboriginal story


Speaking about Aboriginal individuals is a nationwide pastime. However few think about the way it feels to always get up contained in the settler narrative.

Affiliate Professor Jeanine Leane (Picture: Pink Room Poetry)

I keep in mind 1967, and being taken as a five-year-old by my grandmother and aunties to the polling sales space at slightly nation faculty known as Nangus Major on the highway to Gundagai. Nangus is a giant floodplain the place the Murrumbidgee widens out earlier than it narrows, quickens and swings upstream.

My grandmother was born on this floodplain and so was her grandmother, in addition to my aunties and mom. I grew up on the floodplain too. But on at the present time, everybody on the polling sales space — from the fifth-generation farmer to the instructor who had simply moved there in the beginning of the yr — had an opinion of us, and of Aboriginal individuals.

I used to be a baby who didn’t get out a lot, and my five-year-old mind was burning and swelling, not simply with the views I heard however with the quantity and confidence with which they had been delivered. I requested my grandmother about it. She stated everybody likes to gossip about Blakfellas — with out us, she laughed, nobody would have something to speak about. However you don’t must act like they assume we do, she stated.

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