Indigenous cross-cultural awareness
A person’s cultural background has a very powerful influence on their personal development. As people interact and communicate with each other, they are drawing upon deeply understood cultural beliefs and values that they have learned since birth.
The following two songs by Interactive Ochre present some of the cultural elements guides need to be aware of when you are working with Aboriginal people. They also introduce some of the sensitive cultural issues that affect relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in contemporary society. (You can read the lyrics of the songs by clicking the links in the reading section below.)
The second reading provides an understanding of cultural norms in many Aboriginal cultures, and the third reading provides a statistical overview of Indigenous Australia.
Ochre - Newsflash
The further readings in the right-hand column are suggested for those who have the time and interest in pursuing added knowledge about this topic.