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Oodgeroo Analytical Essay Kath Walker demonstrates her role as a political activist for the indigenous community by exploring the idea that white people are invaders on their land

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Oodgeroo Analytical Essay Kath Walker demonstrates her role as a political activist for the indigenous community by exploring the idea that white people are invaders on their land. She does this through her two poems "We Are Going" (1964) and "Dreamtime" (1970). The poem "Dreamtime," which was read on the steps of parliament, addressed the issue of white people being invaders on aboriginal land. This demonstrates the fulfilment of her role as a political activist by setting an example of action. By illustrating, with the poem "We are going", that the invasion of white people caused the destruction of indigenous culture, Oodgeroo displays the longings of the aboriginal people who wish for how it used to be for their culture. By accusing the invasion of white people to have caused the death of so many of her people and of generations to come, Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal fought for justice and for the white community to redeem themselves for what has been done to the aboriginal people. ...read more.

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The poem explains that "The bora ring is gone...the corroboree is gone...the shrubs are gone, the hunting and the laughter..." (We Are Going, Lines 17, 19 and 20). The sacred lands, the tribal ceremonies and the elder's laws don't mean much to many aboriginals at present, the people no longer have connections to the land and no longer respect the old ways. The author depicts that their culture and beliefs were destroyed and that the incursion of the white society was to blame. Great injustice was done by displacing the aboriginals from their homes and showing no respect for their beliefs as to, for example, agree that "Rubbish may be tipped here" (We Are Going, Line 6) upon the indigenous' bora grounds. Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal exhibits longing for the old ways of her people and searches for a way in which aboriginal culture can exist within white society. ...read more.

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When she faced Parliament, she was setting an example, not only one of action, but one of action without violence. She used her poem to convey the heartbreak and agony that her race suffered and she sought for white society to redeem itself. The poem "We Are Going" described a culture which had been ruined. All the aboriginals' traditions and sacred places were disrespected and because of this, they slowly disappeared. The invasion of the white man drove the aboriginals away from these places and away from their traditions and for that, the poem describes that white people are to blame for the destruction of Indigenous culture. Many aboriginal lives were taken during the invasion of the white man. The poem "Dreamtime" describes the pain and misery of the aboriginal race as they were slaughtered by white people and it expresses the pain people feel now for themselves and for the people generations ago. ?? ?? ?? ?? Adriana Dunne ...read more.

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