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Scholar Highlight for Week Ending October 10, 2014

November 3, 2014

Cheryl Triplett

Cheryl in Australia

Cheryl in Australia

In Aboriginal culture there is a natural instinct that is learned; to take care of natural resources and move to new hunting grounds before the old ones are depleted or beyond repair. We would be better off if we would adopt the fundamental belief that the land is the link to our wellbeing just as the Aboriginal people have. The land is not just soil or rocks or minerals, but as a whole environment that sustains and is sustained by the Aboriginal people and their culture. For Aborigines, the land is the core of all spirituality and this relationship and the spirit of ‘country’ is central to the issues that are important to Indigenous people today. The land has been stolen away from the people who value it the most. Upon taking the land from the Aboriginal people Australia now face the same environmental crisis as the rest of the world. The notion of possessions is alien to traditional Aboriginal culture. Material things are shared within groups. The idea that an individual could ‘own’ land is foreign to Aboriginal thinking. Aboriginal people believe that the land is shared by all.

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