Oodgeroo poem

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Oodgeroo poem

Raised on Stradbroke Island Minjerribah , off Moreton Bay , Queensland , where many of the ancient Aboriginal customs were still practiced, the child baptized as Kathleen Ruska was a member of the Noonuccal tribe. I teach them about the balance of nature. I teach them about Aboriginal culture. Though the two rivers mentioned in the poems are on opposite ends of the country, the pull to water sources is the same. Indeed, where was any First Nations perspective, local or otherwise? From overcoming oppression, to breaking rules, to reimagining the world or waging a rebellion, these women of history have a story to tell. Two hundred years had passed and still no treaty or constitutional recognition, and the celebrations of European arrival were hollowing and insulting. I felt isolated until I found those voices in print, at my university library. High peaked mountains Stand out against the skyline.

I'm colour blind, you see. High peaked mountains Stand out against the skyline. Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. From the s Civil Rights movement she was active on a local and national level.

Member of the Order of the British Empire in ; she returned the award in In our education there was also a wounding disconnect from our local context of South East Queensland.

She worked in the forms of memoir, short story, painting, drama and film but is most celebrated as a poet. Her formal education ended with primary school; at age 13 she entered domestic service in Brisbane. Oodgeroo describes in detail the busy river scene as told through her eyes.

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