Identity and Belonging Essay

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Aboriginal belonging * Pale skin- not automatically believed to be Aboriginal- has to prove it * Full blood brother darker- accepted on the spot * Some clearly Aboriginal people denied by authorities * Stereotype of Aboriginal people being trouble- followed by security * Living on ‘country’ is considered a vital part of belonging * Discriminated against for not “looking” Aboriginal I enough * Identifies as Aboriginal, however has Scottish blood too * 1 Aboriginal grandparent- identifies herself as an Aboriginal Australian * Aboriginal speakers can identify where tribes/groups are from * Aboriginal applications to police academy entry- has an extra chance * Want to stop people ‘claiming’ * Want confirmation of Aboriginal identity as a “backup” * People “voted” on whether they were Aboriginal or not * Mother denied her Aboriginality- children would be taken, so gave to “whiter” brother * Accepted- reside in area, be ‘accepted’ by community- know each other * If you’re knocked back, told to go back to ‘their’ community * Seems to be discrepancies between members are accepted- fair process? * Aboriginal people missing out on scholarships/ jobs because “non-aboriginals” taking them * Criteria- ancestry; self-determination of Aboriginality; identification by others as Aboriginal- not ONLY by Aboriginal groups * Traumatic life events affect a person’s life/ situation * Despite appearance, Aboriginality is not a choice Mind of a thief * Miller must establish her “belonging” in order to speak to strangers p.g. 217 * Shouldn’t be such a big deal that Wirad people were granted wired land- yes it is under dispute. * For Miller, having a long connection to the town is important (ancestral tries to the land) * Miller meeting Wayne waiting on the veranda, she likes that because

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