2020 Semester 2

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  1. Emily-B
    Emily-B says:

    It was interesting to learn about how they continue the care for totems by passing them down by mother’s mother, kakak.
    I would love to learn more about the totems as what I have already been told my Kune friends is that their people had one totem. So does that mean that a tribe has one totem or is there many and they rotate like the skin names.
    I also think I need to practice how to use the perfective, imperfective and imperative ways of speaking.

    • Andrea-P
      Andrea-P says:

      HI Emily
      I find that fascinating as well. I was confused by the relationship with rock and the green ant totems and would like to know more because I have been told my totem is the green ant.

  2. Andrea-P
    Andrea-P says:

    I love getting deeper understanding of the skin system and how everyone relates. I think that in my own very caucasian culture we could learn a lot especially around caring for the environment and living sustainably. Unfortunately, there are many other issues and social disadvantage the impact on the ability of families to fully participate in these traditions.

    • Colin Barker
      Colin Barker says:

      I agree, I think western culture in general has ceased to be part of the land so we can learn from other cultures, especially indigenous and learn from them.

    • Emily-B
      Emily-B says:

      I totally agree, I also see that there are many issues that impact the ability of people to implement these traditions. I love when I hear of schools that are implementing as much of the local culture as they can and having teachers/elders from the community to come in as well. It makes me so proud that we are moving in a direction as one.

  3. Colin Barker
    Colin Barker says:

    I was interested this week in learning about the grammar points, past and non past, and the prefixes, as also an Indonesian learner, I can find some similarities with sentence construction, even though the languages are really far apart, but for me it helps to find some things that are different or similar to help in learning. Pronunciation is hard at first but I am sure there will be a pattern to it later.

  4. Zenobia-J
    Zenobia-J says:

    I learnt a lot this week. I really enjoyed the video on the Sydney Uni website on totems and specifically the explanation of ‘Balance’ where one side cares and the other acknowledge. I also learnt again how to interpret the skin chart with regards to relationships and “right way marriage”. In a way, this is not that dissimilar to what we do in western culture in trying to keep our genetic pool clean. Marrying your own siblings in either system is taboo. Having this greater appreciation of how the skin chart works, will help me to better understand the relationships between Bininj colleagues without interrogating them. I can now figure it out for myself, which is great.
    The grammar is now getting a little more complicated. I was aware of the distinction between past and non-past, but for the first time came across past-continuous. Will need to memorise those irregular verb forms!

  5. WilheminaO
    WilheminaO says:

    the thing I found interesting about this week’s material was the past and non-past forms. I found it both interesting and confusing when looking at longer sentences.

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