I briefly lived with a tribe of Australian native people 11 hours by land cruiser south of Ayer’s Rock. Our group went to help them to move deeper into the scorching interior of Australia in order to return to ‘traditional desert life.’ Their tribal leader, Ninija, had decided that the aging and young of her people should return to their ‘Lands,’ turning away completely form white-fella comforts and handouts.
During this adventure, my view of human life completely changed.
The settlement we left consisted of primitive prefabricated housing and an air strip. But not one member of the tribe lived inside the housing. Instead, they used them as a dumping ground for the heaps of material goods donated to them from white-fella do-gooders.
White Australians have always wanted to ‘civilize’ these desert people, to make them respectable, useful to their average urban ways.
There is no such…
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