Traveling From My Classroom To A New World.

Before starting my research about the Aboriginal all I knew about the native group was they are native to Australia. I didn’t know about what health issues plagued them or the importance of their culture. Now having researched them I have a better understanding of their culture and of various health issues they face today.

The Aboriginal fought Europeans and after they lost much of their population they surrendered. After this lost they encountered a lot of new diseases as did many indigenous groups did when they first met Europeans. Today most of their native language is gone and their are no more 100% native Australian any more. Which is way they call them selves Aboriginal because they have some European descendants. In fact till recently they were thought to be extinct will a recent census where people identified to being native to Australia. Although in light of them being found again they are in poor health conditions having a life expectancy of 15-20 years . They a wide range of health concerns from physical to mental and from heart diseases to high suicide rate. Even with efforts made by the Australian government to close the health gap there is still much work to be done.

When I was researching about the Aboriginal people I found videos about them. I found a documentary and a short video. In the documentary it went in depth about their culture and people as it was eye witnessed accounts by an elder. Whereas the shorter video was about their dances and famous sound associated with Australia they make with the didgeridoo. This video had some ethnocentric judgements comparing how we value song dance as the same as they do. They made it seem as they do it as a form as entertainment just like most first world societies do. My biggest challenge to cultural relativism was understanding how a culture losses their language. Having grown up in the United States where their is introduction of various other languages I still retained my own language. I realized I was making a ethnocentric judgement so I decided to learn about their history in doing so I now understand way they lost their language. They had a every violent history with Europeans and after losing a war to them a lot of mature men had died. A way to raise their population back up they married/mated with Europeans thus making what we know today as Aboriginal. Slowly their traditional language was lost with each new generation.

These blog posts is ethnographic because I looked at all the data I gather with cultural relativism in mind and although there were challenges in doing so I think I told more than a single story about the Aboriginal people. The earth is sacred to them and the their songs and dances are their history book. I learned about their tragic history how it ultimately lead to the loss of their language and attribute to their poor health conditions. Importantly I understand the importance of telling your history wether it be through stories, song, and dance. The Aboriginals tell their history to the next generation with song and dance while playing their didgeridoo. They also have cave paintings that tell stories of the time before. They hunt and gather near the sea side which much of their cave paintings depict. The documentary is where I got most of my understanding of their culture for it is stories told from an elder of the Aboriginal people.

I used Boolean agents when searching for good peer reviewed resources online. I also used databased search engines to get a wider array of  resources. When looking for resources in public domain I used a search engine that helped me narrow my search for pictures to use. It is best to look for credentials of the article and to see what kind of website it is.



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