Rabbit Proof Fence-Anthropologist's Perspective

Rabbit Proof Fence: Anthropologist's Perspective
Opposable Thumbs
Helped the girls when grabbing food
Tool use
Can be used as protection or  to get food.
Molly's mother killed a animal with a tool so
they could eat.
The man with the dead animal he captured,
cut a piece off for the girls with a tool. And
must have used tools to get the animal.
Importance of Fire
Protects from cold, and is used for cooking.
Molly made a fire to stay warm, but also to
cook the piece of food she received from
the man she crossed paths with.
Rabbit Proof Fence
Was built to keep the rabbits out of the
whites (Australians) farm..
The whites brought the rabbits here and
tried to keep them out, since they believe it
is their land, when really it is the aboriginals.
(whites should be the ones on the rabbits
side of the fence.
Spirit Bird
Symbolized freedom, peace, faith..
Molly thought of the bird of faith, and when
she gave up walking back home, she looked
up at the sky and saw the bird, which
determined her to keep going.
Theory Of Evolution
Those who best fit and adapt to
environments will have more babies
When organisms change their behaviour to
fit into a environment around them. (adapt to
The girls in the residential schools adapted to
their life there and started to change their
behaviours, they got use to the norms there.
Survival Of The Fittest
Individuals in a species that would adapt
better to their environment would have
more offsprings.
Daisy and Molly were able to reach into the
tree to grab food because of their
ancestors, and how they over time adapted
and individuals passed those genes on.
Social Darwinism
The understanding that evolution justifies the
morality of public polices
The movie was based in a certain time period
that took place in Australia
Policy made was that aboriginals would go to
residential schools, to get rid of their
aboriginal culture.
Your culture is better or is more important
that another.
Half-cast were NEEDED to be turned white
over generations.
The white's (Australians) believed that their
way of education and culture was a better
way of living, therefore changing another
races culture (aboriginals).
Margret Mead
Studied human behaviour and gender roles.
The men were more dominant than the
Ruth Benedict
Focused on culture and personality. Believed
that each culture had their own morals and
could only be understood if the culture is
White's (Australians) believed that changing
the aboriginals culture, would be better
fitted, only because they did not understand
their culture, and believe that their's was the
Nature VS Nurture
Nature is our genes.
The girls genes, the family they grow up with,
how they are raised.
Nurture is how we grow up in environment
Environment around her was not okay with
her being an aboriginal.
Taken from her family at a young age, can
impact her.
The ability to walk on two feet.
gave advantages to get food, see better in
taller grass/areas. Made it easier to grab
things on 2 feet.
Molly, Daisy, and Gracie had a long way to get
home from the residential school, so
travelling on two feet made that easier.
Ethnicity, or colour of your skin referring
to your social and physical behaviours.
Whites and Aboriginals (different races)
Different races practiced different
religious acts
Aboriginals, and the Whites (Australians) had
different beliefs.
White Man's Burden"
White race having a duty to educate another
race, even if it is something they would not
primarily do. (would get paid more)
The educators at the resedential school had a
job to educate the aboriginals