Monday, September 28, 2009

looking and feeling different colours

I've been meaning to post this for a while... now seems a good time.

"They are "white Aborigines" - people who, out of their multi-stranded but largely European genealogy, decide to identify with the thinnest of all those strands, and the one that's contributed least to their looks."

Some of us know about being ridiculed for not looking maori enough.

Can you be aborigine and/or maori without displaying the physical characteristics of that indigenous group?

The answer IMO is yes. It is not based upon how you look - it is based upon whakapapa.

What do you think?

Hat tip Jayne from Our Great Southern Land