One might think that they have some type of an understanding about Aboriginal lifestyle and culture. After all, that’s what all of those social studies classes throughout middle school, high school, and college were for, right? Wrong.
(Chris holding a sling)
After hearing Chris passionately lecture about the Aboriginal history, culture, and lifestyle as a whole, in addition to his own personal background as a person of Aboriginal heritage, I can safely say that I learned a great deal about the Aboriginal way of life and origins. Furthermore, I enjoyed the manner in which Chris spoke. He was incredibly passionate about the subject matter and made sure to engage students by asking questions and allowing us to present our own. Though there were times where it appeared that Chris was moving from one topic to another and that the order was unsystematic, I came to appreciate the structure of his lecture. Unlike other guest speakers, Chris’s public speaking abilities were animated and engaging. One could even say it was an asset that he did not present his subject matter in a way that was structural and dry. The Aboriginal people are full of spark and dynamic history and culture, so it was only fitting for Chris to teach us about his people in an equally dynamic manner.
I also appreciated that Chris brought an assortment of essential Aboriginal tools and instruments, such as the boomerang, didjeridu, sling, and possum skin and that he spent a thorough amount of time discussing the significance of each one. I was already familiar with the boomerang, but took pleasure in learning about what each of the other tools represented for his people. I was especially intrigued when Chris demonstrated how the didjeridu was used in terms of mimicking sounds and lip formations. The kookaburra musical imitation was fascinating to listen to.
(Tools and instruments)
What really drew me into Chris’s lecture, however, was the focus he placed on describing the Aboriginal people’s relation to the earth, as well as peace and equality among the people. The quote that stuck out to me was “when you cut down a tree, you are cutting yourself”, further exemplifying the inextricable link between the Aboriginal people and nature and “we normalize crisis”, when describing how, unlike other cultures, the Aboriginal people do not believe in initiating conflict. If only the rest of the world could mimic this mentality.
Like the other guest lecturers, Chris’s presentation certainly did not fail to impress. I look forward to delving even more into Aboriginal culture and becoming more aware of the customs and way of life.
Until next time,
The Caro Chronicles