Abstract detail

Title Across Cultural Boundaries: Greek and Aboriginal Australians in Contact

The Greeks and the indigenous people of Australia represent two cultures of ancient origins within the dominant Anglo-Australian society. Opposing discrimination on the basis of ethnic and minority distinctions, both support the oneness of all people. This paper, for the first time to my knowledge, aims at providing a cohesive account of the two cultures in contact and the beneficial results which have emerged. To present a comprehensive picture, it will examine both direct and indirect influences and the impact of Aboriginal Australian cultural aspects on a variety of first generation Greek Australians’ artistic expression, including literature (poetry, prose, drama), visual arts (painting and photography), as well as on the artistic pursuits of second generation individuals of Aboriginal and Greek descent. The paper will also explore cases of Greek cultural influence on Aboriginal Australian artistic expression.

Primary author
George Kanarakis