In light of NAIDOC week, I did a little scuttle and search on the internet about ‘relevant events’ and I came across this story written by Emma Sykes of the ABC in early January and I thought to myself, if there’s something real and tangible about ‘Aboriginal culture’ it is that there’s nothing “trendy” about how Aboriginal people practice their culture.
Typically in “western cultures”, we work off “trends” – what’s the latest fashion? what’s the latest song? To the extent that we consider what’s “trending” on websites or on Twitter.
People might get frustrated or misunderstand why our aboriginal population makes a “fuss” about Musgrave Park and the Tent Embassy but at least, it’s real. And you know why it’s real? Is because it doesn’t “trend,” the cause may not tweet, it may not have a status update or even a “blog” and that’s what makes it real because it stands the test of time.
Sadly folks, what “trends” doesn’t stand the test of time. If you pull up a search on “chick chick boom girl”, it’ll probably only go up till the year 2009 and that’s it – stories on this topic are finished.
If you search aboriginal culture, you’ll not only have information that may date prior to British colonisation of Australia but will definitely go past 2009.