Papers & Workshops



 The Baggage One Loses in a Cross-cultural Situation


Michele Collins

School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University, Yarrabah Campus, Queensland, Australia

This paper will firstly pay homage to Phillip Stewart, the first qualified Indigenous teacher in Queensland; a member of the Stolen Generations who grew up on Palm Island. It will then endeavour to offer some insights to the things he taught me as I worked for him through the last five years of his life. Based partly on a personal journey, the paper will explore some of the western discourses that can be challenged through living and working in the (for me) cross-cultural setting of an Aboriginal community in Far North Queensland in the 1990's, and some of the ways in which the tenacity of western discourses reveal themselves. It concludes with a call for non-Indigenous Australians in particular, to personalise their knowledge of, and commitment to, Indigenous Australian and Indigenous issues.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000