“Until I was there, having obstacles put in my pathway, I didn’t realise how much of a support they were," says Vinka Barunga of the UWA School of Indigenous Studies. "And probably all of the Indigenous students here would say exactly the same.”
"The regalia I want when I graduate next year need be clear-eyed about the history here, for history provides the bedrock from which one can live a good life." Robert Wood gives his vision of a university which acknowledges rather than effaces its Indigenous heritage; which looks beyond the colonial symbolism and practices still entrenched in Australia's institutions of learning.
The fact that this exhibition strategically begun in January and continues through to February - thus including Australia (Massacre) Day - insinuates the need for some soul-searching. Our murky cultural heritage speaks volumes about national pride.