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We Are Going Summary & Analysis
by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

We Are Going Summary & Analysis
by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

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“We Are Going” is a poem by the Aboriginal Australian poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal, who was a leader in the struggle for Aboriginal rights in Australia. Australia was once a British colony—in fact, it is still part of the Commonwealth—and the poem examines the impact of British conquest on Aboriginal Australians, their way of life, and the natural world. Ultimately, the poem shows the profound destructiveness of colonialism, while also powerfully asserting the beauty of Aboriginal culture and identity. “We Are Going” was published in Noonuccal’s 1964 collection of the same name, the first book of poetry to be published by an Aboriginal Australian poet.

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