Why Warriors Lie Down and Die

Why Warriors Lie Down and Die Book

  • Author(s): Trudgen, R
  • Published: 2000
  • Publisher: Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Inc.
  • ISBN: 0646395874

Abstract: INTRODUCTION The Way It Is PART ONE: THE YOLNGU OF ARNHEM LAND CHAPTER 1: Wangarr’s Gift is Broken; The Fifty Year War; The Madayin; The Wind Traders; Table 1. Quantities and Tariff value of recorded imports into the Northern Territory from Macassar, 1894-1903; Contact with White Humans; The First Pastoral War; The Second Pastoral War; The Loss of International Trade; The Third War; The Lesser of Two Evils; Balayni; The Fourth War; The Battle for Survival Continues; CHAPTER 2: A Crisis in Living; Into the Self-determination Era; Yolngu Life Pre-1970; From Dreams to Nightmares; Confusing Balanda Structures; The Collapse of Industries and Services; Galiwin’ku Fishing Industry ; Galiwin’ku Garden; Bank Agencies; Yolngu Workers Displaced; New Decision-Makers; New-style Resource Staff; Yolngu Elders Lose Control; Changed Community Attitudes; The Resulting Nightmare; CHAPTER 3: ‘The Trouble with Yolngu is…!’; Official and Unofficial Views on the Current State of Yolngu Health; Perspectives on the Health Crisis; Naming, Blaming, Lecturing; What Yolngu say; The Effects of Naming; Direct Effects on the People; Policies and Programs That Fit the Naming ; The Factor of Naming; PART TWO: A WAR OF ‘WORDS' CHAPTER 4: The Essence of Human Interaction - Communication; The Crisis in being Understood; The Role of Communication; Effects of Poor Communication; Tumour—A Boil or a Cancer?; Communication Problems and Health Delivery; Difficulties with Diagnosis; Sunday Afternoon with an English Doctor; Using Health Workers as Interpreters; The Two-way Crisis; Communication Mores; A Problem with Silence; The Victims of this War; CHAPTER 5: ‘What Language Do You Dream In?’; Uncharted English; Strange New Words; English versus Yolngu Matha; Language Is Not Taken Seriously; ‘English Makes Me Tired’; ‘It’s Like a Bomb Being Thrown Down in Front of You’; What’s So Hard About English?; Coping with a Foreign Language; Specific Difficulties with English; Computers Are Understood—Humans Are Not; Uncharted Languages; Patient/Doctor Communication: A Yolngu Perspective; A Grieving Mother; The Foreign Language Learning Process; Knowing but Not Knowing; The Importance of the People’s Own Language CHAPTER 6: Thirteen Years of Wanting to Know; World-view—as Important as Language; David’s Thirteen-Year Search; From Experience to World-view; The Effects of World-view on Communication; Trained Professionals Are Essential CHAPTER 7: ‘You Can Hear the Grass Grow’; Understanding the People’s Cultural Knowledge Base; Pre-existing Knowledge; Get Behind, Brother!; The Role of a Cultural Knowledge Base in the Learning Process; Using the Cultural Knowledge Base to Bridge the Gap in Knowledge; The Effects of Different Cultural Knowledge Bases on Learning; Education and the Cultural Knowledge Base CHAPTER 8: Is the Age of Knowledge and Thinking at an End?; Why Cross-Cultural/Cross-Language Education Is Failing; The Degeneration of Yolngu Education; The Need to Know ‘How the New World Works’; The High Cost of Ineffective Education: • Because of ineffectual education, Yolngu learn to feel inferior and unintelligent. • Because of ineffectual education, Yolngu discount their elders and traditional knowledge. • Because of ineffective education, Yolngu lose the ‘cause and effect’ relationship in their thinking about how the world operates. • Because of ineffective education, Yolngu come to believe that dominant culture knowledge is of a superior, mystical quality and unattainable. • Because of ineffective education, Yolngu learn that ritual, rather than productive action, is all-important in the dominant culture world. • Because of ineffective education, Yolngu lose all interest in gaining knowledge. Inappropriate Responses to Given Situations; A Visit to the Doctor; But Our Children Grew Bigger; Sweet Equals Good Food?; Is Knowledge and Thinking at an End for Yolngu? PART THREE: THE COST OF BEING DIFFERENT CHAPTER 9: ‘Witch Doctor is the Real Doctor?’; Health, Healing and Traditional Authority; Traditional Yolngu Health Matters; The Yolngu Classification of Foods; Table 2. The Yolngu Classification of Foods; Marr`gitj—the Authorised Healers and Doctors; Confusion in a Balanda-Controlled World; Old Knowledge Rediscovered; An Encounter with the Local ‘Witch Doctor’; Traditional Practices—Holy or Evil?; So What Has Happened to the Traditional Doctors?; Chief Medical Officers Locked Out; The Midwives Also Lose Control ; The Cultural Clash; The Disappearance of Knowledge; The Question of Law and Authority; Confusion About Dominant Culture Systems of Law; ‘Who Ever Asked Us?’; Pseudo Schemes and Structures; The Effect on Health Workers; Dying with Dignity; The Unhealthy Cost of Being Different CHAPTER 10: ‘Living Hell’; Welfare and Dependency and their Effect on the People; A New Way of Living?; Welfare—A Yolngu Perspective; The Fish and the Shadow; Administering the 'Last Rights'; Learned Helplessness; Roy’s Story; Dependency and Its Effect on the People; Loss of Roles; Loss of Mastery ; Hopelessness; From Drug Abuse to Violence; The Real Violence CHAPTER 11: ‘Stop the World — I Want to Get Off!’; The Stress of Living between Two Cultures; Culture Shock ; Dominant Culture Personnel and Culture Shock; Yolngu and Culture Shock; The Serious Effects of Culture Shock; Future Shock; Was It Always This Way?; Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma; Just Get On With Things; You Can’t Say No To Balanda ; Psychological Scarring; Steel of Character?; Transmission of Trauma to Children; Captives of the Dominant Culture; Community Violence; Re-Traumatisation and the Agents of Trauma; Stop the World I Want to Get Off PART FOUR: WARRIORS THEY WERE AND WARRIORS THEY CAN BE AGAIN CHAPTER 12: Owners of Information; The Traditional Learning Process; Acquiring New Information—Not What, but How; The ‘Right’ Process in Balanda Society; The ‘Right’ Process in Aboriginal Society CHAPTER 13: Treating the Symptoms or the Cause?; An Analysis of the Problem; A Look at the Past; Looking for the Primary Cause; The Babies on the River; Posing the ‘Million Dollar’ Question; The Trip up the River; Others in the Same Boat; The Symptoms and the Primary Causes; ‘Victims of Progress’—A World-wide Reality CHAPTER 14: Rewriting the Future; The Way Ahead; Five Steps to a More Yolngu-friendly Environment; Take the People’s Language Seriously; How Do We Take the People’s Language Seriously?; What Are ‘Leaking Kidneys’?; Train Dominant Culture Personnel; Why Should Dominant Culture People Be Trained? ; It’s Just Too Expensive; Approach Education and Training in a Different Way; Who Designs Yolngu Education?; Education Around Concepts Needs to Happen First; Discovery Education; Our Young People Are Sniffing Petrol—Can Someone Help Us?; Replace Existing Programs with Programs That Truly ; Empower the People; The Galiwin’ku Melioidosis Education Program; A Program That Empowered the People; Deal with Some Basic Legal Issues; A Security of Tenure; A Rule of Law; Warriors Once More PRONUNCIATION: A GUIDE FOR YOL~U MATHA WORDS Vowels Consonants Some Additional Rules

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