Yes, this looks like the place for this ;
I have a friend , a full blood , very traditional , 'Clever Man' and 'Culture Man' Aussie Aboriginal. That means he is an accomplished man in his tradition and all that implies , and he teaches boys to be men in that tradition , as well as 'environmental' and 'survivalist' it also requires vast cultural, magical, spiritual knowledge . Its a bit hard to encompass in words (well, English words ) . I have been out of contact with him for some time .
I recently found out why the other day , well why at least 3 of those years, he was not around . A mutal friend told me about it :
" So, ' F ' ( my friend ) is in town sitting at a table out side THE Cafe ( a popular hippy / alternative spot ) having a coffee and a chainsaw starts up across the road . The council has arrived and it looks like they are about to start hacking into 2 huge ancient old native fig trees ( a main feature of the park and the small country town ) . F. is, 'What the fuck ! They cant do that! No one has said anything about that happening ! " So he goes over ;
" Hey! What you doing, get away from those trees ! " They tell him to go away, all is in order and its official . He says, " Bullshit ! They are Sacred Trees ! They MY trees ! " They laugh at him and ask , who said so ?
" My Grandfather did ! He bring me here when I was little, he said I got to look after these trees, they are special , and he did it because his grandfather told him to do it . They been here before all of them and been here long before this town was here , " Of course they dont care and continue so F. puts himself between the chainsaw and the tree. So they move to another tree and he does the same . A bit of 'cat and mouse' . Then some dick grabs a chainsaw and approaches him (probably trying to scare him off ) ;
"I dont mind, I'll cut through him and the tree ." and approaches , Oooooo ... wrong move.F. 'goes him' , now tough guy is in a scuffle with a chain saw between them so he releases and runs for it . Then F. runs around, chases the workers off, throws the chain on the footpath to smash it , then walks across the road to his table and sits there sipping his coffee ( note , he does not run off or hide ) .
Now, here is the Law Vs Law part .
Everything in that town ran pretty smoothly, considering the vast differences in culture , and the previous devastations - but they had things worked out . It went like this ; If an Aboriginal caused trouble (say he drove through your front fence at night ) , you dont run outside and abuse them ..... you see 'Sarge' , Sarge sees the Aboriginal Elders , the Elders see the family concerned and they fix the fence , or whatever . If Whitey causes trouble for Aboriginals, they see their Elders, they see Sarge and Sarge sorts it .
But for some stupid reason the authorities that be decide that this breeds 'familiarity ' and start seeding these type of places with 'new cops' .... ( poor Sarge ! ... by now he is like an Elder himself ) .
Anyway, what happens ..... you guessed it , new idiot cop turns up at the Cafe ( and this is a place where people openly smoked dope for years , even though its illegal there ) approaches F. and " Are you the guy that stole the chainsaw and threatened council workers with it ? "
F. " Fuck off ! Who, the fuck are you ? I dont know you ! I'll talk to Sarge or the Elders ."
Cop: " I just asked you a question ! Are you the guy that stole the chainsaw and threatened council workers with it ? ... and what is that sticking out of your top pocket, is that a bag of marijuana ? "
F. " For the second time ... Who, the fuck are you ? I dont know you ! I'll talk to Sarge or the Elders . I've told you twice ! .... dont make me have to tell you a third time . "
Cop ; " Right ! You are now under arrest ! " he comes forward to grab F ( wrong move, again ) , he jumps up, a scuffle starts, F. reaches around, unclips, takes the cops gun and lets off 3 in the roof of the Cafe . Which makes cop back off and F. points the gun at him; " This is third time ..... I dont know you , go and get Sarge or the Elders . Now fuck off ! "
The Cop runs off, F. puts the gun down in the middle of the table and sits back drinking his coffee again . (Note; he still does not run or hide)
The Sarge turns up ; " Goodaye F. .... havin' a bad day ? Is that one of our guns on the table there .... my constable 'lost one' earlier . "
"Yeah that's it . " and he leans back and puts his hands behind his head (indicating : no, I have not gone crazy, I am still the person you know and I am not going to lunge for it as you try to pick it up ) .
Sarge : " Right .... I'll take this back to the Police Station ...... and , ummmm , F. ... ya know .... I'm gonna have to take you back there too ! "
" Yeah .... I know ."
Sarge ; " A message went out , the Elders will meet us there . "
So, new cop got his gun back and F. got 3 years . "
- why the hell are people that do not know what they doing allowed to mess up a good system with a 'new one' ( and I can assure you , if the idea to stop familiarity between citizens and police was based on fear of police corruption ..... it is not working ! ) .
another friend ( who does not know F. , nor any Aboriginals actually ) was listening ; " Urrk , some 'friends' you guys got . "
So I felt to explain something to her ;
" Everything he did was perfect , actually, for an intelligent person, he had no other choice ; he could not avoid his duty, which is Law for them, breaking Law for them is serious business , thats what holds everything together . He could not let his Grandfather down . Actually , one of those trees might be his grandfather now . And why should he go back to police station with strange unknown cop ? Maybe Sarge isnt there ? Maybe this guy will beat him to death there ... ( she instantly got that as she is an Aussie - for OS readers , Aboriginal deaths in police custody statistics are one of our biggest shames ) . He had to do his duty and he knew some 'other law' was going to punish him for it , but he wasn't going to give up just because of that . And yes, 3 years inside is crap .... but its better than being beaten to death in a police station cell . "
Thats how an Aboriginal 'clever' man has to operate 'down here ' .