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America’s Native Prisoners of War: photographic documentary

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/aaron_huey.html Since becoming interested in the plight of Aboriginal Australians forced into reservations in a country they once owned, I have frequently drawn comparisons with the Native Americans in the US. Drawing ethnographic comparisons between nations, although their histories may have developed in different places and on different timescales, helps us see where we went … Continue reading

Our Generation: interview with Sinem Saban and Damien Curtis

Briefly: In November 2013 I wrote this post about Saban and Curtis’ moving documentary “Our Generation” which may well have been white Australians’ first encounter with indigenous rights and issues. I have just discovered this interview with the two: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/14/our-generation-saban-curtis-willis One of the most important points made by Saban in the interview is as follows: “Our … Continue reading

Australia’s Aboriginal languages and the Sami in Northern Europe

I have been reading into dying and endangered languages since learning that the Saami people, Europe’s last indigenous group who live variously in the northernmost parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, have their own languages which still remain within the Finno-Ugric group of which Finnish and Hungarian are a part. I learned that “language … Continue reading

Our Generation

When I was living in Austria in 2011-12, I went on a weekend trip to Salzburg and met two Australian girls in the bar of the hostel I was staying at. Over a discussion about our home countries and their natives, they became very animated whilst talking about Australia’s “Aboriginal problem”. They told me that … Continue reading