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Avatar

We went to see Avatar in 3D on Wednesday. It’s the story of the human colonisation of the fictional planet of Pandora, and the resistance of the native population of Na’vi (The People). The humans attempt to usurp the Na’vi on a number of fronts, including militarily and diplomatically. They genetically create Na’vi bodies (or avatars), which trained specialists can upload their consciousness to, in order to negotiate with the Na’vi and attempt to ‘educate’ them in human values and language.

Pandora is a breathtakingly beautiful planet, and rendered in high-definition 3D it’s pretty awe-inspiring. The Na’vi enjoy a close bond with their land and can access a kind of ancestral consciousness through forest network. They are experts in tracking, hunting, healing, caretaking and honourable relationship. The barbarity of the colonising attitude is at the fore throughout, but for once things don’t always go the usurpers’ way.

Avatar is well worth a view and hopefully I’ll be going back to see the IMAX 3D version before it leaves the cinemas.

Australia

We went to see the film Australia on Saturday. I thought that the Aboriginal peoples and culture were represented quite well, though their story inevitably played but a supporting role to the romance unfolding between Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. I hope that most people coming out of the film would have felt the appropriate sense of outrage at the injustice of how the native people were dehumanised and abused by the colonisers.

Walkabout, dreamtime and songlines all cropped up, making me realise more than ever the damage we have done in destroying indigenous folk wisdom built up over hundreds of generations, not just in Australia but the world over. I have today signed up to receiving mailings from Survival International, the movement for tribal peoples.