Your Way – Our Way – The Truth
A poem by Zelda Quakawoot, Mackay, Queensland
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Tradition is replaced by authority Respect is replaced by greed What is happening to this nation, Is the planting of an evil seed. Culture is replaced by religion This dominates the law The heritage of this country Is slipping out the door Community is replaced by profit Social issues stocks are down It is easier to make up more rules Since our voices are silent sounds Security is replaced by wars A nation so young to the slaughter The old white leaders send to battle The innocent sons and daughters Custom is replaced by policy So big and powerfully round No equal rights for this nation The quality of life goes down History is shaped by education Understanding is replaced by books Technology replaces timelessness They forgot about the land that was took
Oppression can rise to the challenges And determination is the key Already exists a tradition This inspired an historical need To overcome all oppression And continue to fight each day A need to continue tradition In respect of the cultural way To stand proud and strong for history Our Elders continually guide Respect for the heritage of the first nation 'Cos it will continue to strive For in a lifetime is purpose Our customs passed on and on Not based on material values Just ensuring you know why it's wrong The nation who replaced our traditions Will always be fighting for more Their children will be the first To fight their parents' war The colonials who replaced our tradition Will always be fighting for more And if you don't see it their way They kick down your bloody door
And the truth
The nation who replaced respect For the land and the culture they saw They are the nation who raped the fabric Of the first nation's custom and lore