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Comparing an Indigenous and Western world view

Comparing an Indigenous and Western world view

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    Aboriginal way of being Aboriginal way of being Presentation Transcript

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