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The Land Is My Mother

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ola janikowski

on 2 March 2011

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Why is the land so important to Aboriginal Australians? The land is so important to the Aboriginal people because it is their Ancestral and current home. Aboriginal ancestors were believed to have emerged during the Dreamtime, they are said to have journeyed over what was then a flat land, they sang and created the landscapes and features of our world today. When their creation work was finished the ancestral beings disappeared. Some went back into the sky and some merged with the earth and became mountains,rivers, gorges and the trees and there they are said to be still watching over the earth. For the Aboriginal people the land has a special meaning, for all over the land are reminders of the Great Spirit ancestors of their Dreamtime creation. Westerners speak of identifying with the land, but it is usually a metaphor for affection and solidarity. For westerners the land is a place where one is superior, intelligent being and where one uses the land for economic or personal gain.
Land to aboriginals is not a possession in material terms. Aborigine people speak of being part of every other part and every other part being part of them They believe that the only way to survive is to have harmony with the land. We have to look after and protect the land, and then the land will protect and look after us. By Ola Janikwski
9 Gold The Mabo Decision



Eddie Koki Mabo claims that the land he lives on is his because his father gave it to him. The white Australian man says that the land belongs to the crown. Eddie takes the case to high court and fights for his land. Before the decision was made Eddie died from cancer, but on his death bed Eddie said that he would win and the land would be given back to his family and his people, and he was right. His family got the land, but this sparked outrage with some of the white Australians. They thought that all “their” houses and “their” land would be given to the indigenous peoples. They thought that the indigenous people wanted it all, but they were wrong. All the Aboriginal Australians wanted was to be recognised as part of the community of Australia. Eddie Koki Mabo claims that the land he lives on is his because his father gave it to him. The white Australian man says that the land belongs to the crown. Eddie takes the case to high court and fights for his land. Before the decision was made Eddie died from cancer, but on his death bed Eddie said that he would win and the land would be given back to his family and his people, and he was right. His family got the land, but this sparked outrage with some of the white Australians. They thought that all “their” houses and “their” land would be given to the indigenous peoples. They thought that the indigenous people wanted it all, but they were wrong. All the Aboriginal Australians wanted was to be recognised as part of the community of Australia.
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