One Night the Moon - Context Essay

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Context 1 – The imaginative landscape ‘Our surroundings can be both threatening and comforting.’ The imaginative landscape is a conceptual construct determined by interpretation and impact. It can therefore, be defined as both our physical environment and our perspectives of the land, making it unique and personal. Influenced by the way in which individuals perceive the land, either connection or disconnection can result. Where our surroundings can be both facilitating and threatening, this dichotomous relationship leads us to perceive the land not necessarily just as it is but as we wish it to be. Thus, those who have a strong identity die to their respect of the land will maintain their place even in difficult times yet those with a tenuous link to the physical space will be threatened by it. The experiences of individuals can define their viewpoint of a landscape. If these experiences are positively the individual will have a bond with the land, yet negative can create division. Culture is what shapes human beings and links them to the landscape as it creates an awareness of how to live in the land, yet a weak understanding of culture means people will be fearful of the land. Rachel Perkins’ ‘One Night the Moon’ encompasses these very elements through the contrasted attitudes and values of a landscape between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. Landscapes are not static places, offering the human mind avenues to transform them far beyond what we actually see. This is particularly true of reconciliation. In Australia’s short history, one of both displacement and strength, the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples have fluctuated greatly. In more recent years, there has been an active desire toward the restoration of friendly relationships as we all come to respect the land and each other, finding comfort in all forms. Paul

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