Movies and Songs Class Learn about the Stolen Generation

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In the Movies and Songs class we have been watching The Rabbit Proof Fence, a film based on a true story in which 3 aboriginal children  were forcibly taken away from their family and walk over 1800 miles to get back to their homeland. The students were shocked to see how aboriginal people have been treated  since the colonial settlement. We were also deeply impressed by how far they walked and how strong their connection to the land was, a connection that kept them alive and hidden. Children such as these are now known as the “stolen generations”.

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To look at how this history has affected Australia today, we listened to Xavier Rudd’s music, which gives powerful messages about the consequences of what was done to aboriginal communities and their culture.

Our class then “tweeted” their responses on the boards at the end of the lesson. If you could tweet your opinion about what has been done to the aboriginal people, what would you write? Here are Xavier Rudd’s songs to help you:

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Spirit Bird

By Xavier Rudd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmxSxKxBbQE

Give it time and we wonder why, do what we can laugh and we cry
And we sleep in your dust because we’ve seen this all before
Culture fades with tears and grace, leaving us stunned hollow with shame
We have seen this all, seen this all before
Many tribes of a modern kind doing brand new work same spirit by side
Joining hearts and hands and ancestral twine, ancestral twine
Many tribes of a modern kind doing brand new work same spirit by side
Joining hearts and hands and ancestral twine, ancestral twine

Slowly it fades
Slowly we fade

Emmanho yo yo yo yo
Spirit bird he creaks and groans, she knows she has seen this all before
She has seen this all before, she has
Spirit bird he creaks and groans, she knows she has seen this all before
She has seen this all before, she has

Slowly we fade
Slowly it fades

Soldier on, soldier on my good countrymen
Keep fighting for your culture now,
Keep fighting for your land
I know it’s been thousands of years
And I feel your hurt and
And I know it’s wrong
And you feel you’ve been chained
And broken and burned
And those beautiful old people, those wise old souls?|
Have been ground down for far too long
By that spineless man,
That greedy man,
That heartless man
Deceiving man,
That government hand
Taking blood and land
Taking blood and land
And still they can
But your dreaming and your warrior spirit lives on
And it is so so so strong
In the earth, in the trees, in the rocks,
In the water, in your blood and in the air we breathe
Soldier on, soldier on my good countrymen
Keep fighting for your children now,
Keep fighting for your land

Slowly we fade
Slowly it fades

Give it time and we wonder why, do what we can, laugh and we cry
And we sleep in your dust because we’ve seen this all before

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Come People

By Xavier Rudd & The United Nations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTn9gTmLbEE

Come people, come now people [x4]

Round and round we go again spirit quest for enlightenment
The rise and fall of things revealed of sacredness and woundedness to heal
Time to time she chimes in phrases from the internet
Of planetary alignment and the energetic push and pull we share

Who will hide and who will seek?
The suffering beneath your feet has been neglected through the ages

And I held that little girl she was a message in my dreaming
I bring my hands and I must stay and I will graciously set you free

Come people, come now people [x3]
Come fire clean these people
Come people, come now people

Feel the touch of a gentle rain and we pull together when the Earth she breaks
So why are we so divided?
Grandmother pull us out
Grandmother can you tell me how we have been so mistaken?

And I held that little girl she was a message in my dreaming
I bring my hands and I must stay and I will graciously set you free

Come people, come now people [x3]
Come Spirit through these people
Come people, come now people
And I believe we are one and we are sacred [x3]

I will hold you close [x2]

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