Indigenous Studies Essay

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Defining the intricacies of ‘Aboriginality’ cannot be satisfied without revisiting the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and examining the current mainstream view of Aboriginality, additionally its significance as a cultural account of individual Indigenous people. As proposed by Grossman, ‘deconstructions and varieties of Aboriginality feed into and loop through the production of knowledge’s and cultural practices that in other contexts, often have very little to do with one and other’ (1998, p.110).Thus in scrutinizing the different dissertations of individual, cultural and general connotations connected with Aboriginality the complexities are revealed. Preceding European colonisation, the theory of Aboriginality or Aboriginal Identity did not exist. As revealed by Hollingsworth, ‘Identity before this time was constructed in terms of gender, age, clan, and territory affiliation, linguistic groupings and placement in the kinship system’( 1992, p.138). With the arrival of Europeans and subsequent colonisation, the first Australians became identified and defined as Aboriginal. Believing they were biologically and culturally superior Europeans formally dispossessed the original inhabitants of their land, and set out to destroy Aboriginality by all means, ‘colonial settlers spoke frankly of ‘warfare’ and ‘extermination’, about massacres, punitive expeditions, and ‘taming ‘or ‘dispersing ‘ blacks’ (Carter, 2006, p.76). Progressively, Europeans marginalised and oppressed Aboriginal people and Aboriginality to serve their own purposes of conquest and racial purity. Aboriginals who subsisted the slaughter of their people and their culture where to face a second attack throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century , from ‘agents of European civilisation who sought to change and reshape their minds and hearts making them anew’ (Grossman,1998

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