THE EFFECT OF COLONIZATION ON THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE’S CULTURE AND RELIGION

Hawa Desai

Abstract


 

This paper examines the devastating impact of post British colonialism upon the Australian Aborigines and the substantial issue of the Stolen Generation. It explores the significance of land for the Aboriginal people, in relation to their cultural and religious beliefs, and the meaning of The Dreaming, before considering the effect of racist evolutionary theory on the Aborigines as individuals as well as a community. The paper also assesses contemporary issues for the Aborigines and the effectiveness of government policies that were introduced in the hope of reconciling the indigenous people for the years of loss and suffering.


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