I was under the impression that the Stolen Generation refers to Aboriginal Adoptees in Australia. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
As a bi-racial adoptee myself who was raised by all white parents, I lost most of my culture.
That brought HUGE disadvantages to me. I felt like I was white and didn't like my olive skin. I didn't know my families multiple languages, I didn't know even where or who I came from. It was hard to do something as simple as look in the mirror.
The disadvantages would be:
loss of heritage
loss of language
loss of religion
loss of sense of self
loss of genetic / cultural mirroring
I think that when adopted within ones culture, by a family who gets it you can learn about your people. The advantages could possibly be :
a more positive sense of self by knowing who(what clan) and where we come from.
a celebration of relation to a group/body of people who share a simliar DNA to you.
Knowing the adoptees language
Adoptee being treated w/ respect as a person ( to my understanding some of the "stolen generation" were used a house keepers for their white adoptive parents )( which doesn't mean that AP's w/ different cultures can't treat the child w/ respect, I think theres a connection though, of being from the same culture between people )
Here is an article : the coming home of the cootamundra sisterhood
Please teach me more about this, I'd like to learn more. If you can share, i want to listen.
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