chapter  9
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Indigenous Australian social-health theory: decolonisation, healing – reclaiming wellbeing

Our knowledge ‘ is not alpha and omega but Circular and Reformative. ’ If you cut the tail off a snake (keelback) its tail grows back but the scales have a slightly different pattern. Contemporary Indigenous culture/knowledge is like the newly grown tail. Colonisation and invasion ‘ cut the tail off ’ our culture, and although wounded, the snake (culture and knowledge) survived, lying low while it regenerated its new tail that is the same as the old one, with a slightly different pattern. Our culture/knowledge is as vigorous as before, yet wiser and knowledgeable of its assailant and its ways.