Discovery: Indigenous Australians and Historical Truth

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Discoveries reveal things that we often would prefer to keep hidden. Discuss the concept of "Discovery" and the effects it has on those who are involved. You must refer to your set text and supplementary material which you have studied in relation to this topic.

The topic discovery involves the reviling of past things that were previously unknown. These truths can range from physical objects to self-awareness, from new knowledge to hidden memory. However, discovery can be such a powerful thing that some things may be better left hidden. An example of someone discovering the past is in the set text, Sally Morgan's "My Place". The supplementary material that will be "Paperbark-tree" by Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Sarah's Story from the National Inquiry. Two issues that are raised in "My Place" are the discovery of self and the search for historical truth.

Part of growing up involves the discovery of self. This normally means finding out your family's history. In "My Place", Sally grows up feeling that there is a lot about her past that she doesn't know. "the feeling that a very vital part of me was missing and that I'd never belong anywhere." When she was a child, her best friend was Winnie the Pooh. She felt that she had a lot in common because they both felt like misfits. Both her mother and grandmother know that Sally doesn't know much about their Aboriginal heritage, and so therefore tell her that she is Indian. "Come on, Mum, what are we?

What do the kids at school say?
Anything. Italian, Greek, Indian.
Tell them you're Indian."
Eventually Sally find's out that she is Aboriginal and by finding this out, starts her on a quest for knowledge.
This feeling of having not much idea of who you are may make you want to go and find out the truth. A big example of this is Aborigine's who were taken from their parents as children and sent away to work as slaves. In Sarah's story she explains how as a child, just like Sally, she was told that she was...
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