Stories about indigenous people

Author: Tina Andersson (CC BY-SA),


The film Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), by the Australian director Philip Noyce, is about three Aboriginal girls in Australia who are abducted from their family in the 1930s. The girls are taken by Australian authorities and placed in an institution to learn how to become “real Australians”. This was something that happened to countless Aboriginal children until the 1970s. The film is based on the book Follow the rabbit-proof fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. 


Rabbit-Proof Fence, together with films such as Whale Rider, Once We Were Warriors and Sami Blood, are examples of films that in different ways, and with different perspectives, depict how indigenous people live and how they have fought to retain their language, their land and their traditional way of life.


Choose an indigenous population that you want to learn more about. 


a) How do they live?

b) What battles do they face?

c) Which movies and books are based on them, and what are they about?

d) Are there anyone within or from outside the indigenous population who have made movies/books?

e) How do you think this indigenous population will live in 30 years?