How colonised are you?

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A slightly light-hearted, completely unscientific, test that my friend and I prepared for a conference

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How colonised are you?

  1. 1. How colonised are you? quick quiz
  2. 2. a. How much of your family tree do you know? 1) I know my mum and/or dad’s names 2) I know my grandparents names 3) I know my great grandparents 4) I know my great great grandparents 5) I know the names of seven generations on at least one line 6) I can trace my ancestors back to the beginning of the human story
  3. 3. b. How much of your family history do you know? 1) I know where my mum and dad were born and grew up 2) I know where my grandparents were born and grew up 3) I know the boat name/s that my ancestors travelled on to get here and roughly when they arrived 4) I know why some of them left home 5) I have spent time at the places that seven generations before me called home
  4. 4. c. How much of your local history do you know? 1) I know the name of the local nation/s 2) I know the name of local tribe/clans 3) I know some significant dates in local history of settlement and colonisation 4) I know traditional place names that have been given other names by settlers 5) I know some local missionary’s names and what they did for/to indigenous peoples
  5. 5. d. What is your relationship with local indigenous peoples? 1) I have met some local indigenous peoples and know how to contact them 2) I spend time with local indigenous peoples at least once a year 3) I spend quality time with local indigenous elders most weeks 4) I spend quality time with local indigenous peoples most days 5) I am a local indigenous person
  6. 6. d. What is your relationship with local indigenous language? 1) I know a few words in the local language 2) I can say some basic phrases in the local language 3) I can have basic conversations in the local language 4) I am confident to have a conversation in the local language 5) I can discuss complex ideas in the local language and concepts that can’t be expressed in English 6) I am competent in the local language and helping protect and regenerate it for future generations
  7. 7. e. What is your relationship with local indigenous culture? 1) I know a little bit about a few traditional ways of doing things like welcoming, praying, dancing and/or making art 2) I have participated in formal and informal systems of learning on local cultural practices and traditional beliefs (within traditional or contemporary learning contexts) 3) I have thought carefully about how my beliefs and ways of doing/being are likely to impact on local indigenous beliefs and ways of doing/being 4) I am part of a family/community that regularly practices traditional rituals, prays traditional prayers, sings traditional songs and passes these on to the next generation
  8. 8. f. What is your relationship with your own culture? 1) I know a little bit about a few traditional ways of doing things like welcoming, praying, dancing and/or making art 2) I have participated in formal and informal systems of learning on local cultural practices and traditional beliefs (within traditional or contemporary learning contexts) 3) I am part of a family/community that regularly practices traditional rituals, prays traditional prayers, sings old songs and passes these on to the next generation 4) While I know every culture has unhealthy aspects to it, I am proud of my own cultural background and traditions and know they are awesome treasures to be passed on to future generations while also respecting others and supporting the regeneration of local indigenous language, culture and social/economic/political self-determination

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