TASK: What is the one most important idea or experience that you have discovered in the writings of Indigenous authors (other than Kim Scott) or in the writings of authors about their Indigenous experience?
The most intriguing idea I’ve come across in writings by other authors about their Indigenous experience comes from Judith Wright, when she speaks about how she felt as a white child, learning how her home was taken brutally from the Indigenous Australians by the European settlers. More specifically, Wright speaks of the shame and guilt she felt as a white person because of others’ actions. In her poem, “At Cooloolah”, Judith Wright speaks of how she feels like the land is challenging her, challenging her to question whether or not she really belongs here. The land is personified when she says that “a driftwood spear thrust from the water” and she directly states that “I’m a stranger, come of a conquering people… being unloved by all my eyes delight in, and made uneasy…”. This high modality language further conveys her feelings of being challenged and being unwelcome in the land she has come to call home.