I had a wonderful time listening to our first class discussion. The first poems that we studied were written by Errol West and Eva Johnson. They are both aboriginal people who were part of the “Stolen Generation” also known as the “Stolen children”. How these two poets are able to describe their traumatic experience and make it into a beautiful poem is exceptional! It was revealed in their poems the terrifying details of how they were forcibly taken away from their parents and families and were placed into a missionary house at young age. They were displaced from their own traditional lands. They have lost their cultural, spiritual and family bonds which leaves a tremendous impact in their lives and wellbeing.
I feel sad to know what the indigenous people had to undergo back then. Surely their enormous suffering leaves a big scar in the memories of each indigenous person who survived. I feel for those children who were part of the “Stolen Generation”. They have lost not only their parents and loved ones but also their self identity in the process. They were innocent people who became victims of this unrealistic belief of creating an “all white civilization”, a new Britain in the South.