By A. Monchamp
This publication stocks and analyses the tales of Opal, a senior Alyawarra lady. via her tales the reader glimpses the tough colonial realities which many Aboriginal Australians have confronted, highlighting the cultural embeddedness of autobiographical reminiscence from a philosophical, mental and anthropological standpoint.
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However, since her grandmother has died, she cannot use the same ‘we’ for the ‘Auto’ Is Not Automatic 49 final statement, which is not part of the past, the original journey, but rather refers to the present where she still occasionally speaks her native language. In this case the shift in pronouns also marks a shift in temporal reference. 40 By contrast, in more allocentric forms of self-construal self-knowledge is likely to be stored and shared differently. 41 In Opal’s stories we can see that the use of the plural pronoun ‘we’, as was the case with her ‘I’/ ‘me’, which was always sharing with others, seems to indicate that it is the person as well as their relationship to others present which becomes the most basic unit of self-reflection.
Yeah, soakage water. 7 There’s enough soaks? They walk up the riverbed, Georgina River. Ah, so you walk up the dry riverbed and there are soaks in there? And I been liven here longa’ bore. Yeah, long time take people to drink them soakage. And we been come here and live longa’ bore now. Every bore, big camp living longa’ number 9-4. Number 9-4, where is that at? [points in the direction of the bore] Up North? He can go there, meet up, big camp. Get the riffle and shoot ’em kangaroo and you get the gun.
12 From within this paradigm a person’s memory is seen to emerge as a result of social interaction. Many psychological studies of the role of culture and society on memory focus in large part on parent–child interaction. 13 Through this research, it has been proposed that the parenting styles appropriate to each culture and the way in which these and other associated forces encourage or discourage people to engage in certain acts of reminiscing shape the particular and unique autobiographical narratives that are possible and/or likely within each context.
Autobiographical Memory in an Aboriginal Australian Community: Culture, Place and Narrative by A. Monchamp