Aboriginal way of being

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Comparing an Indigenous and Western world view

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Aboriginal way of being

  1. 1. The Aboriginal way of being<br />Based on<br />Pattel-Gray, A. (1997). Aboriginal Spirituality Past Present Future. <br />Vatican City: Harpercollins Religious<br />
  2. 2. Time<br />Event orientation<br />Natural events<br />Life cycle events<br />Enjoy events rather than arrive on time or organise an event<br />Eg: sign language for European person<br />Time orientation<br />Calendar<br />Diary<br />Schedule<br />Dividing up time<br />Organise by time<br />Time is linear<br />
  3. 3. Energy focus<br />Person orientation<br />Relationships<br />Valuing individuals<br />Discussion <br />consensus<br />Task orientation<br />Divide problems into jobs<br />People valued for the job they do<br />Goals, achievements, benchmarks<br />
  4. 4. Holistic vsDichotomistic<br />Holistic<br />Look at the whole picture<br />Reject carving up issues or phenomenon<br />Broad concepts and understanding<br />Not focused on mastery of knowledge<br />Dichotomistic<br />Divide problems into parts<br />Teach different subjects<br />Divide days up into segments<br />Hold ‘packets’ of knowledge<br />
  5. 5. Status vs Achievement<br />Status<br />People valued for who they are<br />Based on skin-group and age<br />Elders are given deep respect and reverence<br />Fulfilment of spiritual responisbilties<br />Life cycle<br />Achievement<br />Value determined by achievement<br />Wealth<br />‘Usefulness’<br />Elderly people not given higher status<br />Life cycle events do not confer status<br />
  6. 6. Non-crisis vs crisis<br />Non-Crisis Orientation<br />Not future focus – present reality<br />Optimistic<br />‘cross that bridge when we come to it’<br />Do not panic<br />Crisis orientation<br />Risk management<br />Planning for potential problems<br />Panic<br />Future obsessed<br />
  7. 7. Vulnerability<br />Exposure of Vulnerability<br />Honest about shortcomings<br />Trusting of community<br />Teasing and laughing in the face of embarrassment<br />Concealment of vulnerability<br />Play down embarrassment<br />Hide shortcomings<br />Pretend everything is perfect<br />

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