Author: Agnieszka Kandzia-Poździał
Institution: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Year of publication: 2015
Source: Show
Pages: 101-117
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/athena.2015.46.07
PDF: apsp/46/apsp4607.pdf

ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS – LOST IN CIVILIZATION

Aboriginal Australians last in the age of perdition. There has been 224 years since the day that Captain Arthur Phillip came to Australia with British convicts. Since then almost every day Aboriginal ‘collide with civilization’ and fight for surviving. All rules of tribal life had to be replaced by new ones. They had to wear clothes, live in houses of bricks, and work. All of this was completely different from the previous life. ‘White civilization’ that has brought the development into the Antipodes has also brought reasons of perdition. Among those: illnesses, which decimate Aboriginal clans, and alcohol, which destroys all residues of ancient Stone Age culture and causes many social problems. For several dozen years, Australian government has been trying to make up for Aboriginal wrong, but programs for improvement of their situation do not work. ‘Civilization’, in social evolutionists’ opinion, should be the highest level of people’s culture, for Aboriginal though it is some kind of abyss in which they cannot or they do not want to find a proper place for themselves.

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