Two Worlds Two Cultures

The Aboriginal world and the non-indigenous world in Australia overlap.. The Aboriginal person looking into his/her world world has a clear field of vision. He/she has a sound knowledge of that world. But when that person looks into the non-Aboriginal world the field of vision is usually somewhat narrow and ‘foggy’.

The non-Aboriginal person looking into their own world also has a wide and clear field of vision. They too, have a sound knowledge of that world. Yet, when that person looks into the Aboriginal world the field of vision is most often narrow and ‘foggy’.

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Each makes-up myths (stories) to explain the other culture and its people. Those myth-stories cause further confusion.

Anyone caught between the two worlds is under constant pressure and tension, and is open to dis-stress, burnout and breakdown. Generally though, non-Aboriginal people are able to leave that in-between area and return to their own culture/world. It is much harder for Aboriginal people [workers] to do so. The non-Aboriginal world overlaps their world the whole time. Aboriginal people live most of their lives in that harsh, in-between state.

Source: Author Unknown (Cultural Awareness Handout)

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