Sunday, 5 April 2009

Steps and flowers

...and a "lubra" statuette. Once upon a time it was fasionable to have garden ornaments depicting "exotic" Aboriginal characters - men in "noble savage" pose with spear, or women like this one, derisorily called "lubras".

There is one fashion that has been and, thankfully, gone, surviving only sporadically in older people's gardens. Their hey-day coincided with the era when Aboriginaes were non-citizens, not counted in the officiial census, so "non-people" - people whom most suburbanites had no acquaintance with, other than as ornaments like garden gnomes. Humiliating and demeaning.

Here's an interesting article about the phenomenon.