Published in Overland Issue 238 Autumn 2020 Racism / Aboriginal Australia Aboriginal people were here first Dujuan Hoosan The rainbow serpent comes through here on the dry land, and made the creeks, the rivers and waterholes. That’s why on white mans maps rivers look like snake tracks. The serpent made the water run really really really deep and fit himself in it. That became the waterholes around Alice Springs. The rainbow serpent use to come from long way over that way, use to come really fast this way and made a gap in the rocks with its body. It made, The Gap. It’s real. People think it’s just imagined, but black people, Aboriginals, they know it. Every time Aboriginal people know something, they feel it, then they see it, and it’s real. White people think it’s a joke – it’s not. Before everything wasn’t here. Before nothing was on Australia. It was only the Aboriginal people. Before the cars wasn’t made, before the house wasn’t made. Before the whole everything around the world wasn’t made – it was just Aboriginals on Australia. Then there was this man, Cook who wanted to take over Australia when there were only Aboriginal people looking after the land. He camed on the ship and he was the first man on Australia – the first white man. He wanted to buy the land. He wanted to buy Australia. But the Aboriginal people were there first. The Aboriginal people told them to go and find another land, because this was their land. The Aboriginal people were trying to get them off the land. But Cook didn’t listen to them. Cook was angry he couldn’t buy it. So he took it. He came along and claimed the land. And he had to get rid of the Aboriginal people. But there’s still more of us out on Australia. Still surviving. Some of the Aboriginal people changed into their kind. Aboriginal people, we have still survived here. The history I am told at home is in language and is about Aboriginal people, but the ones back at school that the teacher was telling us. That was for white people not for Aboriginal people. Lots of people been talking about racism. I didn’t know what that meant but I do now. It means when a man is so smart and thinks he is, he thinks he is so smart that he can be a man that cruels other people. Someone who thinks he can be whoever he wants and can rip off black people. That’s racist. First we have to go to school, listen to the white people and learn how to do their things. Then once we learn what they do all the time, then we can smash down all the buildings and turn the land back into the rocks. That’s might be gonna happen for the future. In My Blood It Runs is available for viewing in selected cinemas in Australia, Canada and the United States, and will be screened on ABC TV on Sunday 5 July at 9.30pm. Visit https://inmyblooditruns.com for more information. Read the rest of Overland 238 If you enjoyed this piece, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four brilliant issues for a year Dujuan Hoosan Dujuan Hoosan, age 13, is a multilingual hunter and healer from Arrernte and Garrwa country in Central Australia, and was the youngest person to address the UN Human Rights Council on Indigenous issues last year. His life is explored in the award-winning documentary, In My Blood It Runs. More by Dujuan Hoosan Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 7 February 202322 February 2023 Aboriginal Australia Victoria police back down, is this a case for defunding? Crystal McKinnon and Meriki Onus After three arduous years, Victoria Police have today withdrawn their charges against two organisers of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protest. Whilst we welcome their decision, we note that their mediocrity gave them no other option. Emboldened by their state-sanctioned impunity, Victoria Police’s ineptitude hit a dead end. Pigs cannot fly. First published in Overland Issue 228 6 February 20237 February 2023 Aboriginal Australia Winaga-li Gunimaa Gali: listen, hear, think, understand from our sacred Mother Earth and our Water Winaga-li Gunimaa Gali Collective To winaga-li, Gomeroi/Kamilaroi people must be able to access Gunimaa. They must be able to connect and re-connect. Over 160 years of colonisation has privileged intensive agriculture, grazing and heavily extractive water management regimes, enabled by imposed property regimes and governance systems. Gunimaa and Gali still experience the violent repercussions of these processes, including current climate changes which are exacerbating impacts, as droughts become longer, floods and heat extremes become more intense, and climatic zones shift, impacting on species’ viability and biodiversity.