Strange thing, how people think they know what they are saying, without ever knowing where the words they use originated, or how they came to be so readily misunderstood, and/or used inappropriately. According to Russell Means (American Indian; activist, spokesperson, lawyer, actor), the word Indian, initially used by Christopher Columbus, was “in Dio”:-
There is also some confusion about the word Indian, a mistaken belief that it refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492. Look it up on the old maps. Columbus called the tribal people he met “Indio,” from the Italian in dio, meaning “in God”.
which, clarifies, the use of Indian in reference to the indigenous or aboriginal people of the Americas.
That leads me back to my research of how Aborigines came to be used in relation to naming the Aboriginals here in Australia, and further to uncovering how this country came to be named “Australia”.
Minor issues to the majority-mainstream perhaps, yet, if understood, extremely important in understanding ‘spiritual forces’ (unconscious Consciousness) and how such is manifested (comes into being; physical) in our material realm — the inter-play and interacting of the physical ↔ metaphysical forces and forms that be.
[more to follow]
Screaming Dreaming, nightmare come,
when you stolem children from their mums.
Wrenched them from their tribal home,
Screaming Dreaming, little ones on their own.
Scratch my eyes out, I don’t wantem see,
the pain and anguish you inflicted on me.
I their Mother, the earth, this land,
you stealem my children from far-off way.
Do not sit with your smart-alec ways,
when my children were herded like cattle strays.
Them special ceremonies are no longer done,
’cause you broke my people with dogs and guns.
You chained my men and starved their sons,
and raped my women and took our girls.
As for the “Sorry” Statement from our recently elected Govt. led by Kevin Rudd (Prime Minister) that supports cover-ups and deceit and mismanagement of Aboriginal values, culture, and lives … its called “white-washing” and again means little, as They have covered theirs and the Nation’s arse (and national purse) by saying, here’s the words and the sentimental gesture… but don’t forget to assimilate, educate, work, and “join us” if you want to get along in this country… we shall indoctrinate but we won’t “give” back anything that reinforces your (1) unique Aboriginal culture, (2) spirituality, (3) country (sacred site), (4) self-determination, (5) Cultural revival/survival… it seems to me its all about “being seen to be doing” but not actually “giving-back” and/or real reciprocation and not just as compensation.
After all is said and done, not one bit of difference in practical, real terms will be resulting … I live in and represent a dying culture — one of the last remaining, truly unique and indigenous, on this planet… apart from a few sentimental and emotional responses from a select few individuals comparatively speaking —
- life will still be a struggle for the majority of Aboriginal people (against all the odds);
- the social indicators and morbidity stats will continue to be grim; and
- the Aboriginal industry will still be perpetuated at the manipulative machinations of the “clever few”; and many people will continue to make incredibly prestigious and some-what well-paid and influential career opportunities upon the sufferance of the dwindling few who hold-out to their Aboriginality in the most genuine and spiritual manner… diseased and disinherited, maligned and constantly misunderstood …
I am willing and able to expand on, and discuss any points I raise herein, with anyone who feels so inclined … Happy Sorry Day … perhaps not!