Don’t romanticize colonization, invasion or the brutal treatment of Aboriginal peoples by the British in the 1800s and definitely don’t make the treatment and presence of Indigenous peoples a minor part of your novel. This land has 50,000 years+ of rich cultures, languages and history. That cannot be erased. Read up, research and know your stuff. It’s a particularly good idea to read up on certain nations/language groups and get an idea of exactly where in Australia your novel will be set. Advice from my followers who actually write novels or do similar things would be greatly appreciated! Good luck.
Bundarra Indigenous Sportswear makes clothing specifically for Indigenous sporting teams and supporters. So, I do feel uncomfortable with the fact that you’re “reminding people of the proud Aboriginal heritage Australia has” and that you “hold the utmost respect for Aboriginal peoples both past and present”. Those comments are very patronizing, especially coming from a white man. There are plenty of other ways to value and admire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures. Sometimes, the way to do that is to let us enjoy something of our own on our own.
Yes. Experiences obviously differ in terms of guns as gun laws here very different to America, but Aboriginal men are harassed by the police and police brutality is very common. We still have Aboriginal peoples dying in police custody and incarceration rates are always increasing. A lot of similarities can be drawn between the treatment of Black American peoples and Black Australian peoples by the police.
There are too many factors that come into play here. With the Stolen Generations in the 20th century, being “1/16” Aboriginal was seen as too much. So, you can’t really say who is and who isn’t Aboriginal. Some people who are 1/16, 1/32 or 1/64 (classifying Indigenous heritage/ancestry into percentages is really gross, so I really hate to be doing it here) may not feel they are Indigenous because they’re white skinned, don’t have connection to culture or that one Aboriginal relative is too far back for them to identify as Indigenous. Either way, it’s not my call to make. This is a tricky subject and is far from being a simple black and white issue.
You might be thinking of “Babakiueria” (Barbecue Area)? But that isn’t a series, it’s just a 30 minute long film where the white people are now in the position of Indigenous peoples. It’s a comedy but makes some important points, too.