Australian’s Lost Heritage

Intangible heritage is comprised of a set of traditions that are passed down in ones culture though word of mouth or as a set of traditions.  Because intangible heritage is passed down though word of mouth or though actions such as teaching a dance, a persons memory and their perception of these actions becomes a key point in an intangible heritage.

An example of this intangible heritage would be though the Great Barrier Reef. Before the European colonization of Australia, there were tons of aboriginal peoples living around the coast of the Great Barrier Reef, but after the European’s colonized Australia, they pushed the aboriginal peoples out of their land and towards different areas of Australia. As the aboriginal peoples moved out of their homes near the Great Barrier Reef, they left many of their traditions with them. They had to leave their traditional wooden canoes and wooden fishing tools and were forced to live in other areas.

Over time, Australia became more industrialized with caused the indigenous people’s heritage to be lost even further as they replaced their traditional gear with synthetic finishing nets and motorized boats.

Recently, there have been a few attempts to restoring the indigenous people’s heritage around the Great Barrier Reef. This is made true though the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act in 1975 and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations in 1983 which tries relive restrictions around the Great Barrier Reef which will allow the Indigenous peoples to be able to go back to the Great Barrier Reef and start fishing in the area again. It also granted the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority with the power to protect the culture and heritage values of the areas around the Great Barrier Reef.

This is all-important because the Indigenous peoples of Australia has lost their heritage due to the European colonization and over time lost their culture as they replaced their traditions with more modernized tools. Because it has been almost 200 years since the European colonization, the memories of the new Australians may now have a more skewed or modern belief of their heritage. The two acts which attempt to restore their heritage has allowed them to go back to the traditional hunting grounds to practice their heritage, but once something was lost, and it is regained, it will never be the same.

As people’s thoughts become bombarded with modern ideals and ever-changing values, the way we think of the past is quickly changing from something meaningful to something that is just used to pass a class. Looking at the events which caused the indigenous people’s heritage to go away, we can conclude that as an area becomes more industrialized and people are moved away from their homes, their ability to retain their heritage goes away as their beliefs change and their memories of intangible events become lost.


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14 Responses to Australian’s Lost Heritage

  1. rramirez46 says:

    It was interesting to read your post on the Great Barrier Reef, especially because that is the topic I am writing my paper on. It was helpful to find things in your post that I could add to my paper to make it more informative.

  2. dvelazquez2 says:

    I really enjoyed reading your article because you provided a lot of information on the Great Barrier Reef, which I feel is very important when writing a blog post. Most people forget about their audience’s knowledge and forget important introductory details, but you did the opposite of that; therefore, I really liked your blog post.

  3. This was a very informative blog post! I never really knew anything about the Great Barrier Reef, never heard of it until this class. Now I actually have background information on it! Swell job!

  4. brodrigues2 says:

    I liked your post because you really provided a great deal of information on the great barrier reef and its history. and you really provided facts that showed the intangible heritage that is present at the site .

  5. nlenriquez says:

    First of all I liked the choice of pictures. I thought you included a lot of information that was easy to follow along to. And I liked the way you incorporated intangible heritage in this post.

  6. dchouu says:

    I really liked your post because it taught me how Intangible heritage must be preserved due to its scarcity of being lost. The Great Barrier Reef was a great example. Even though new equipment is perhaps easier to perform than traditional equipment, in order to keep with tradition I believe stores should promote the traditional ways.

  7. sbolanos3 says:

    I have always hear about the Great Barrier Reef but I actually did not know much about it. I found it interesting that the fear of losing a site is one of the main reason for keeping it safe, the Reef is so beautiful I would hate for it to disappear. But I think there should be a better to preserve a site.

  8. anunez35 says:

    Since we learned about the Great Barrier reef in class, it was very interesting to read more about it. I like how you provided info that I did not know yet, it kept the reading interesting. I also thought it was nice how it spoke about intangible heritage.

  9. mflores53 says:

    so informative! thank you for the information 🙂

  10. miapatel123 says:

    I enjoyed reading your article; it was really informative. I agree that with the industrial culture we are losing parts of our heritage.

  11. jortega95 says:

    As previously stated, I also enjoyed reading this article. The reading was enjoyable, meaning it was easy to follow along and drawing connections to material learned in class or other resources. I feel that a lot of times, intangible heritage is lost because people, mainly outsiders of the culture, are not able to appreciate the heritage as much as the insiders. This happens because they cannot see physical evidence of expression of heritage that will make it easier for them to grasp an understanding of the heritage.

  12. mgoldberg4 says:

    I really liked being exposed to information I did not previously know about, and thanks to your post being very detailed and informative I learned something knew!

  13. rstadnitskiy says:

    I like the way you presented this material. I thought the point you made about Australia’s indigenous people and the increasing industrialization of Australia was a good point when talking about this topic; it was very relevant.

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