Indigenous hunting right
I RECENTLY attended a meeting of Kuku Yalanji people in Mossman where another person also in attendance read a letter to the Gazette from Adam Cropp ( Gazette, April 7).
The letter was about traditional hunting of dugong and turtle and it was very critical of the method of hunting generally used these days by traditional owners.
Adam says in the letter that he has witnessed hunting where people have used their traditional canoes, and that that was real traditional hunting.
It was just another attack on traditional owners that we have become so accustomed to in recent years.
It’s a modern day follow-on from the outrageous and racist laws that governed the lives of indigenous Australians ever since Europeans came and assumed they have the right to control our lives.
What rotten attitudes they were that gave birth to those laws.
It would seem Adam longs for a bygone era where Aboriginal people lived by their ancient traditions.
He’s not alone - many Aboriginal people long for it too but our land has been taken over by people who seem to believe they have superior rights in this land and continue to push for the enforcement of their laws upon us.
We’ve had enough of that, we’ve had it up to the eyeballs.
The exercise of traditional rights, through the use of modern means, still remains an exercise of traditional rights.