In­dige­nous hunt­ing right

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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