Actor Hugh Jackman talks about Indigenous Australians

Jackman’s sentiments are a good example of using celebrity to raise awareness about indigenous wellbeing however there are those that might argue that such comments are bordering on a form of Occidentalism or even constructed with positive Orientalism, something that Attwood and Arnold (1992) have called ‘Aboriginalism’, in the way he depicts western society as in some ways spiritually and morally corrupt compared to the ideal of the indigenous Australians traditional ways of life (Kowal 2008). However is evidence that indigenous people’s way of life, separate from consumerism and globalisation is key to increased wellbeing and happiness, that being with the land and in nature, the things Jackman speaks of in his interview, are actually evidenced as having an effect on indigenous people, suggesting that this belief is not unfounded.

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