Reflections and anecdotes on identity from an Aborigine

First published by Woroni, the ANU student newspaper, on 4 May 2017. By Rob Williams.

I chose Aborigine, a term I dislike, as a reminder that in the eyes of many Australians our identity is fixed to some historical era and if we don’t align with that idea, well we’re not really Indigenous – anachronism still defines us. It is a deficit term and, I believe, diminishes our credibility as descendants of autonomous nations.