Oodgeroo Noonucal's Last Of His Tribe

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The poem ‘Last of His Tribe’ by Oodgeroo Noonucal examines the loss of the Aboriginal culture. Audience are placed to sympathise with the elderly, William Mackenzie,. The poem is nostalgic of the past, whereby the poet reminisces about the old Aboriginal culture, way before its destruction. From this we can infer the postcolonial reading of the destruction of the Aboriginal culture executed by the White Australians that’s evident through the use of repetition, imagery and structure. Noonucal emphasises upon the idea of strenuous ‘change’ brought upon by dominant white race, causing the extinction of traditionalised identity, culture and language of the Aboriginal race. The reminiscing of the virgin culture is seen through the use of repetition

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