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2AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINALS AND THE HISTORICAL DISCOURSESThe mainstream response about the aboriginals of Australia is not well enough andassociated with violence and scepticism. The long drawn violence and clashes between theAustralian “whites” and the natives has been started since the advent of colonialism. In fact,the punitive impositions and suppression by the White settlers led the life of the aboriginalsfull of deprivation and misery1. In context of this, the purpose of this discussion is to get aclear understanding of the position of the native inhabitants of Australia in the historicaldiscourses of the country. In course of this discussion, the understanding will put focus on thealoofness and isolation of the indigenous community fostered by the mainstream society ofAustralia and its impact on the history of the country.The native Australians and the Torres Strait Islanders have a series of confrontingexperience with the government since the time of colonisation. Due to lack of governmentintervention and policies regarding incorporation of the natives into the fold of mainstreamsociety made a line of demarcation between the whites and the natives. In response to that itcan also be argued that the country shared a history of racism and discrimination with sheerreligious underpinnings. Absence of citizen rights further became an impetus for theisolation. As a result of that the indigenous people of Australia also registered a fight againstthe government and intensify the relationship between the two. However, in the present timesthe relevance of turning back the Australian aboriginals into mainstream society is growing ata pace because of a series of protest and benevolence. In returns the historical analysis alsostarts to shift from its age old perceptions and is going to interpret the role of Australianaboriginals in a new way.While going through a retrospective conception about the natives of Australia, thehistorical analysis in its primitive phase became stigmatised by the social stereotypes. During1Nair, Anusree R. "Penning the Protest: Petitions by the Aborigines of Australia."postcolonial literatures17(2017): 164.
3AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINALS AND THE HISTORICAL DISCOURSESthe time of the infamous frontier wars between the white settlers and the aboriginals most ofthe English newspapers were projected the aboriginals as uncivilised and possible malice tothe society. In fact, issues like religious conversion were also considered to be a useful toolfor the white government to impose domination on the natives. Most of the newspapers atthat time articulated the indigenous religion as evil, superstitious and punitive. It was alsodepicted in the writings of that time where the natives were identified as hideous anddetrimental to civilisation2. Besides this, use of outdated terminologies was fashioned by thecolonisers to establish their culture over the existing one. Terminologies like estranged,primitive and cannibals were the basic stereotypes that was manifested by the white peoplevery deliberately3.On a contrary, the recent researches share a plethora of initiatives to reinvigorate the socalled primitive practise of the native inhabitants. In that context, the name of the BunjilakaMelbourne Museum is quite popular. The museum authority is trying to reshape the historyof Australia by understanding the practice and custom of the people of the past. In fact, theartefacts of the past are effectively preserved in the Bujilaka Museum and open for thevisitors4. In addition to this, the artworks of the aboriginals and Torres Strait islanders havebeen played a significant role in reshaping the concept of Australian history. It is the primaryobjective of the museum to inculcate the culture of the first people of Australia and sharedtheir story globally as well as inside the country. Furthermore, the museum arranges anumber of new events based on the history, culture and versatility of the Australian native2Habibis, Daphne, Penny Taylor, Maggie Walter, and Catriona Elder. "Repositioning the racial gaze: Aboriginalperspectives on race, race relations and governance."Social Inclusion4, no. 1 (2016).3The Sydney gazette, and New South Wales advertiser. 1804. "SHIP NEWS", , 1804."First Peoples Tells The Story Of Aboriginal Victoria From The Time Of Creation To Today". 2018.Museumsvictoria.Com.Au.
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