'There is still work to do be done to achieve transformative change in the discourse about Indigenous identity. To change we need a better balance in the stories we tell young people. For a while now, words of deficit have been affixed to Indigenous identity. These words have a negative effect on the way that Indigenous children feel about their abilities. Do you imagine that repeatedly telling them that they are disadvantaged, impoverished and the rest of it does not negatively affect how they feel about themselves? Malcolm Gladwell warns in, David and Goliath: underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants (2013), that in classrooms, self-concept shapes a student’s willingness to take on challenging tasks. He writes that the way young people feel about themselves in the context of the classroom is crucial to shaping motivation and performance. (Introduction)
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'The myth of the warrior looms large in the Australian popular imagination. The young men who served at Gallipoli, at the Western Front and across other fields of battle have not faded from the national consciousness and, in many instances, have been canonised as secular saints. The language of sport is imbued with martial terms; football matches are often described as battles and those playing on the field earn the epithet of ‘warrior’. The display of aggression seen on the playing field is lauded as noble and heroic. The most notable exception to this was seen in 2015 when Aboriginal Australian Football star Adam Goodes was criticised by some for performing a war dance after scoring a goal. For some critics, the warlike display by a proud and strong Aboriginal man was too much to take. The same pride and physicality in the Aboriginal man Dundalli struck fear in the hearts and minds of the European inhabitants in the fledging British settlement of Brisbane and its surrounds. Dundalli came to exemplify the dangers that lay beyond the limits of colonial control. It is the little known story of this man and the resistance of the Dalla, Jagara and Gubbi Gubbi people to European invasion that historian Libby Connors chronicles in Warrior' (Introduction)