“What is the one most important idea or experience that you have discovered in the writings of indigenous authors ( other than Kim Scott) or in the writings of authors about the indigenous experience?”
One resonating and yet important idea I’ve discovered in texts of writing of authors about the indigenous experience, has to be their superficial skillful use of emphasis placed on the inevitable life’s of the Aboriginals .In particularly, their exceptional use of literary devices ,which are inclusive of 1st person perspective, imagery, extended Metaphors , repetition, accumulation, descriptive language , elegy alongside many more.
The Great poet Judith Wright , explicitly accentuates on the graphic experiences of the aboriginals .Hence, depicting her distinctive style of writing in context of aboriginals life’s ,lifestyle and endurances. In Wrights poem “Niggers Leap , New England” the commanding statement of “O lonely air. Make a cold quilt across the bone and skull that screamed falling in flesh from the lipped cliff and then were silent , waiting for the flies.” entails senses of closeting , especially when Wright cleverly uses the rhetorical device of oxymoron in words “cold quilt” which further highlights notions of dark secrecy. And also, the use of imagery in the given statement further exemplifies the sheer barbaric crimes committed towards the native population.
Another poet who similarly depicts in explicitly , the hectic life’s of the original inhabitants of Australia , is poet David Unaipons. In Unaipons poem “The song of Hungarrda” the following quote is mentioned “Bright, consuming spirit .No power on earth so great as Thee.”The profound use of descriptive language , places prominence upon the concept of spiritual attachment to the aboriginals motherland as well as creating an atmospherical linger of appreciation and inner contentment , in pertinence to the aboriginals attitudes towards nature ,being the ultimate provider of sustenance for them.
Both motioned poets Judith Wright and David Unaipons, extensively emphasis on the aboriginals lifes , lifestyles as well as endurances , in both times of devastation and hardship as well as times of happiness and rejoice. The substantial uses of the previously mentioned literary devices ,further reinforce crucial notions of spiritual appreciation and deleterious circumstances in the aboriginals life’s in the 19th Century.