Time for Some Truth-Telling

The push for The Voice is a great opportunity to revisit some of the claims about the 'oldest living culture in the world'.

Time for Some Truth-Telling
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One of the benefits of the increased focus on all things Aboriginal is that we may be prompted to test some of what we are told to see if it is actually true.

Regrettably, even a cursory examination reveals that much of what we are told about the 'oldest continuous living culture on earth' seems to not be as accurate as others would have us believe.

That's not to denigrate the history of Aboriginal tribes, it's just that I wonder why some groups need to make things up if there is already so much to be proud of.

We've previously discussed the ubiquitous welcome to country ceremony.

It was invented in the 1970's by Ernie Dingo to appease some performing Pacific Islanders.

Now it's become an ancient ritual that only gets performed when someone woke corporate or government agency seems to be paying for it.

But that's just the start of the myth-making.

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