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"Australia is importing large quantities of cheap copied Aboriginal arts and crafts from countries like Indonesia, India and China to sell to tourists (often as genuine Aboriginal art). Do you agree or disagree with this practice?"

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Do you agree or disagree with this practice?

Please provide your reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with imports of Aboriginal arts and crafts into Australia

Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports This not only is false advertising but disrespectful and scurrilous to the Australian Aboriginal people who are having their culture and heritage exploited by greedy immoral businessmen.
Adam from USA I strongly disagree with imports The purpose of selling art is to benefit the creator so they can continue making art and feel good about the work they are doing; outsourcing it undermines their livelihood and misrepresents the purpose of the artwork itself.
Alan from USA I strongly disagree with imports Because it steals jobs from native people and is very evil to lie about authentic art.
Anonymous I disagree with imports 1. I believe that the Aboriginal should make the Art them selfs as a way making money 2. I believe if you are selling a something as "Genuine" aboriginal art it should be 3. Importing is good for a country but it it also bad..as it can have an effect on the locos
Alan from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Because it is doing the Aboriginal people an injustice
Alex Wruurri from USA I disagree with imports They're copying good art. It's not real and has no spiritual value.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports It takes away from the Aboriginal people.
Anatoly from Russia I strongly agree with imports To show people of the world unique ancient art
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe that for one it is false advertising. Aboriginal arts and crafts should be one of a kind and meaningful not cheap and repeated.
Anonymous from Italy I strongly disagree with imports Disqualifying all the heritage of aboriginal
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Culture must be supported financially and artistically.
Ashley from USA I disagree with imports Aboriginal art should be genuine. I find it a mockery that Australia would have another country recreate something so native.
Barbara from USA I strongly disagree with imports Because they are misrepresenting what they sale.
Barry from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts and crafts cannot be imported - they are not aboriginal! The practice detracts from Aboriginal cultural heritage and makes a mockery of people that buy "fakes".
Bart Reinier from USA I disagree with imports The didge and other aboriginal arts and crafts are so exclusively indigenous to Australia I think every effort should be made to protect and promote the original source of the arts.
Bill Woodward from Canada I strongly disagree with imports Obviously destroying the quality and culture for a quick profit
Anonymous I disagree with imports I don't think it is fair to the people who are making these items if the copies are sold. Also it is not respecting their cultures.
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports It obviously isn't "original" Aboriginal art if it is imported into the country and sold as such.
Brian James from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports The art of the aborigines is the main thing they have to sell and to keep their culture alive to encourage the children to continue doing it they need to be able to profit from it. Cheap imports rob the native culture in many ways
Bruce Wilson from USA I strongly disagree with imports The Aboriginals are from Australia and for companies to sell copies of their crafts as genuine is an insult to the Aboriginal people!
Bruno Nuñez from Peru I disagree with imports Aboriginal arts don't be suspect to be a copy they are a cultural patrimonial they must be protected from copies and industrial copies like china whit another nations cultural arts (sorry for my english)
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports Their not cool
Caroline from USA I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts belong to the Aboriginal people. Only they should have the right to "sell off" the name of their craft to non-Aboriginal people. Until they do (hopefully never) it is unethical for others to claim what belongs to them.
Catherine from USA I strongly disagree with imports These imports take funds away from Aboriginal people and betray tourists into believing that they are supporting native culture and obtaining a genuine Aboriginal made article.
Chante from USA I strongly disagree with imports I disagree because it's not really authentic if it's coming from somewhere other than the place it says it originates from. I think its wrong to fool people into thinking their getting a genuine product when they are not.
Chris from New Zealand I strongly disagree with imports I believe that sacred artifacts carrying tradition and heritage should not be imitated as it decreases that cultural value of those items.
Chris Bittner from USA I disagree with imports Art should be authentic especially if sold in Australia!
Chris from USA I disagree with imports If low cost items are needed to sell then it's okay.
Chris Platell from Australia I strongly disagree with imports It's a traditional australian art form and the fact they can pass off imitations and make profit for themselves is wrong.
Christopher from USA I disagree with imports I think that it is ok to import copies of them as long as it states that it is not a original Aboriginal arts and crafts and think that original Aboriginal arts and crafts are a lot more special and more artistic than others
Claude Beaucaire from Canada I disagree with imports I think that aboriginal art making should be reserve to aboriginal people.
Curtis from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is misleading to claim it as original mark it as made in "--" or don't sell it to me. I would want to have something from the country I visit.
Anonymous I disagree with imports They are not authentic and capitalize on the indigenous people.
Dale from USA I strongly disagree with imports The fakes are counterfeit. Authenticity is critical.
Anonymous I don't care It doesn't bother me.
Daniel from USA I disagree with imports I disagree with the importation of copied products. However as it will probably happen anyway policymakers should mark these products as such.
Daniel from Germany I strongly disagree with imports Artists producing aboriginal art should take profit from it. Australian from australian art indonesian from Indonesian chinese from chinese... copy and import is not good. China doesn't import chinese art from australia isn't it?
Daniele from Italy I strongly disagree with imports Didgeridoos are a tradition before than a musical instrument
David De Lucena from Brazil I strongly disagree with imports Because this could be a good source of money for original aboriginal people
David from USA I disagree with imports The strength of the Aboriginal culture is compromised by cheap or not so cheap copies. We are talking about Intellectual property and support for a culture that was/is repressed. I wonder if those imports are labeled as such or if they are passed off as authentic?
David Milligan from Canada I strongly disagree with imports They are taking money out of the pockets of Aboriginal artists and seriously damaging the image of Australian artistic culture.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Cheap copies are an insult to the indigenous peoples of Australia
Davide Vismara from Switzerland I strongly disagree with imports Because the aboriginal people need to keep our traditions and try to make some profits selling our traditional products.
Doreen from Canada I disagree with imports This work is genuine and classic and cheap copies sold as originals is an insult.
Douglas Bischoff from USA I strongly disagree with imports Unless it is clearly marked as an imported "reproduction " passing non-indigenous items off as "originals" is akin to selling me a print of a painting and telling me it's the original. FRAUD.
Ed from Netherlands I don't care I don't care meaning: who am I to keep people from earning money? Tourists just have to be careful if they buy!
Ed from USA I disagree with imports Takes away from cultural worth. the money is not given back to the artists or the people of the area
Edward from USA I strongly disagree with imports Ruins the local culture. Steals money from hard working people.
Enrique from Mexico I strongly disagree with imports I disagree cause the arts and crafts is culture and is a help to preserve a culture and its people.
Erik Putnam from USA I strongly disagree with imports Simply put. Natives of any colonized land have very little to capitalize on for the sake of capitalism. If this is what they have and they want to sell it then they should hold rights like any other inventor or group of inventors.
Anonymous I don't care I think it's the music that really counts. Honestly wherever the Didj is from I think if you're making music you're on the right track.
Eve from USA I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal art is a NATIONAL TREASURE of Australia. Supporting the Aboriginals helps the country's economy will help assure this craftsmanship is carried on to the next generations and at the same time provides Aboriginal people a way to earn a living. Win win win.
Fabian Kuiper from Netherlands I strongly disagree with imports To sell knock-offs as originals is a shame and waste of the true talented crafts people in Australia. It is their heritage and they have the full right to earn a living with it. It is a shameful thing that other countries are providing it to the tourist centres while they can stimulate the local economy by buying from the aborigines
Felipe Restrepo from Colombia I strongly disagree with imports Respect for the aboriginal people and the culture
Franck Boudet from France I strongly disagree with imports Better have genuine handwork art than manufactured copies. Growing eucalyptus (like from Indonesia) is causing desertification. You get a fair price when genuine. hope my english is correct;-) Good vibes
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Because are copy
Fred Ashplant from USA I strongly disagree with imports The importation of imitation aboriginal arts and crafts severely damages the ability of the native Australian people to make a living producing their original art. So it hurt them economically. It also hurts the collectable value of legitimate Australian art on the world market if there is a flood of bogus offerings in the market place.
Gary from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports I think that Art Crafts Wine and Food should have a strong bond with its place of origin. If you buy a style of Art etc; you should now its cultural heritage. that to me is what you are paying for anything else is imitation.
Gary Peacock from USA I strongly disagree with imports The heritage of aborigines should not be exploited they have already been exploited way too long
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I think that Aboriginal Arts should be made only by people of Aboriginal descent. This is a good way to create work and income for them.It is theirs and only their culture and should in no way be copied and traded as original.
Gerald from Germany I disagree with imports Durch die importe aus indonesien wird der Handel mit den von den Aborigines hergestellten Produkten vom Markt verdrängt. Somit entsteht Arbeitslosigkeit und ein finanzieller defizit.
Anonymous I don't care It doesn't really bother me.
Anonymous I disagree with imports Culture
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It's not true Aboriginal roots. No roots no truth. No truth no sale.
Gregg Nardozza from USA I strongly disagree with imports Cheap imports of any kind eventually extinquishes the original and true masters of the art. It gives the art an undeserved bad name and does not allow true understanding and meaning of the culture that the art belongs to.
Harry from Australia I strongly disagree with imports When buying genuine goods I like to buy the real thing not something that is a look alike.
Heath from USA I strongly disagree with imports Unless clearly identified as an imported item not of aboriginal hands. It would be like lying and would lead me to question the authenticity of any aboriginal art.
Henry from USA I strongly disagree with imports I see imports here in Florida/USA the didges are usually bamboo or teak and not usually playable. I don't believe imports should be sold as being genuine aboriginal art. Selling imports It doesn't encourage or support Aboriginal art or crafts. I grew up in Hawaii during my last visit there a lot of import items are sold to tourists. There are very few native hawaiian artisans who practice with the the skill and knowledge to produce genuine native art or instruments.
Iain from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Ethically wrong on many fronts - very wrong to pass such items off as genuine aboriginal. This is an insult to the indigenous aboriginals is also depriving them of an income and is deceiving / misinforming people - I feel it is important that tourists / interested parties throughout the world are exposed to 'the genuine article'.
Ian from Italy I don't care No personal reason just simply out of site out of mind. I don't expect Australia to worry about such matters as Italian political policies or its daft bureaucracy.
Ian Taylor from United Kingdom I disagree with imports It has an impact on fair pricing for home crafts also starts to force people whether to carry on doing native crafts as market is swamped. this has happened in the uk local crafts are nearly dead and it will happen to the Aboriginal art if nothing is done
Imre from Hungary I strongly disagree with imports This art is originally part of the aboriginal's life. So I disagree with this.
Izzy from USA I disagree with imports I disagree because things hold more importance when they are authentic not cheap copies.
Jacob Vincent from USA I strongly disagree with imports If it is Australia's culture it should remain indigenous to Australia. It is extremely unfair to try to imitate the culture of any society especially for a profit.
James from USA I strongly disagree with imports The arts and crafts belong to Australia.
James Mott from USA I strongly disagree with imports I want to see the cultures of the world respected and appreciated and allowed to survive.
Jamie Slater from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Buyers are not getting the real thing and the locals are getting put out.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is unfair to the Aboriginal people.
Jason from USA I strongly disagree with imports It's stealing!
Anonymous I don't care Imports and exports are things that keep the work economy running
Anonymous from France I strongly disagree with imports Imports kill local production
Jeannie from USA I strongly disagree with imports This makes me cry. Seriously. Supporting the arts and crafts of the indigenous people supports their culture and continued existence. How can we celebrate the people with non-native items? Plus we are ripping off their creativity for the sake of greed and commercialism. Sad. Disgusting really. I feel very strongly about this.
Jesse Vann from USA I strongly disagree with imports As we have seen over and over again when the cultural Identity such as Art Music Language The things that make people who they are. When it’s cheaper to have it made by someone out side of that lifestyle the original people start to fade away. There is no place in time that we can not find were this has or is happening.
Jesus from Spain I strongly disagree with imports A Didgeridoo is art. It cannot be compared with a piece of wood that has been machine-carved instead of eaten by termites. The same applies to boomerangs panels and other crafts.
Jim from USA I disagree with imports I don't like the fact that they're passing it off to tourists (like me) as genuine plus I'd much rather get authentic Aboriginal stuff.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I don't agree with the reproduction of artwork that is an important part of the Aboriginal culture.
Jim Tunnicliff from Us Minor Outlying Islands I disagree with imports I don't really care if there are cheap imports but they should not be sold as Aboriginal made.
Joachim from Brazil I strongly disagree with imports It's falsification of authenticity and robs the real aborigines a way of sustaining life.
Anonymous from Spain I strongly disagree with imports Doing so it's a way to steal their right to earn money with their culture
John Carroll from USA I strongly disagree with imports The native people in Australia have been persecuted long enough. It is time to help them and if marketing their products helps then do it. Protect the sales of their items by making sure they are original and the profits go directly to the native peoples.
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports They are not real and deprive the real artist a livelihood
John Munday from USA I strongly disagree with imports First this degrades the Aboriginal people who are the true artists. Second this dilutes the percentage of true Aboriginal crafts. Third this lessens the income of the Aboriginal people. Lastly this further degrades the Aboriginal people by declaring that the worth of the people is less than the worth of profit from the imports.
Anonymous I disagree with imports Cheap copied arts of any form undermine the nature of art itself.
Jon from USA I strongly disagree with imports Import Aboriginal imitation art deceives tourists robs economic opportunity from Aboriginals and exploits Aboriginal culture for financial gain.
Anonymous I disagree with imports Importing foreign imitations to sell as authentic articles is a very twisted corrupt form of double-dipping; not to mention it is outright lying.
Jorge Ferrer Alonso from Spain I strongly disagree with imports I think the aboriginal art must be one way for the survival culture
Jose Luis from Spain I strongly disagree with imports It doesn't make any sense that the Government that should be protecting Aboriginal culture is helping to destroy an already endangered traditional culture just for money
Joshua from USA I strongly disagree with imports Importing faux aboriginal arts and crafts only serves economic purposes and in the process cheapens the meaning and hard work put into authentic aboriginal products.
Judy Echols from USA I strongly disagree with imports I have played some of these that people have brought back and they were crap. It takes away from the aboriginal people's income. They are fake copies of a form of cultural art.
Jussi from Finland I disagree with imports Its not right to fake
Justin from United Kingdom I disagree with imports Surely this would be taking potential income from Australia itself.
Katarina from Serbia I disagree with imports I would not underestimate aboriginal art selling Chinese or Indian boomerangs paintings etc.It is dishonest. Australia should be proud of Aboriginal people and their culture.
Ken Bodrug from Canada I strongly disagree with imports I disagree with these imports as it strongly affects aboriginal people in a negative way. Aboriginal people of Australia have suffered much injustice and this adds insult to injury.
Anonymous I don't care I am not educated in that topic therefore it would be inappropriate for me to offer an uneducated opinion on that subject.
Kimberly from USA I strongly disagree with imports Importing takes away from the aborigines and imports being sold as aboriginal art is lying.
Kyle from Canada I disagree with imports I love native art and find it offensive that there are people making fakes just for the fact of making money and coning decent people out of money for something that's not even real makes me wonder how much fake there is in the world
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports If they are imported then they are not Aboriginal!
Laszlo from Hungary I disagree with imports I think that by selling cheap reproductions as genuine Aboriginal art is just plain wrong. It misleads tourists and doesn't help the aboriginal people.
Laura from USA I strongly disagree with imports The only authentic pieces are made by the people themselves and should be the only ones who profit from the trade
Lauren from USA I strongly disagree with imports It robs the indigenous people of not only potential livelihood but also their culture.
Anonymous I agree with imports Culture education.
Lindsey from USA I strongly disagree with imports The Native Artisans should not have to compete in their own country with cheap fakes. The same problem is being faced by USA Native American Artists and it hurts. If someone can buy something from China that looks like it came from Australia they could stay home and buy it learning nothing of the country and it's Native People. It hurts the history and the people buying it not receiving a true Native produced item and robbing the Native Artisans of a living.
Anonymous I don't care I'm not sure
Anonymous I disagree with imports I WOULD LIKE TO BUY LOCAL BUT PART OF ME UNDERSTANDS THE NEED TO FIND WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE MORE MONEY.
Marc Kalmanson from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe that the Aboriginal people have been dealt a harsh blow to their culture their life and their right to exist. Their culture is one of the oldest if not the oldest in the world and should be protected nurtured and secured. Instead Australian government like the US government has acted to destroy these once proud and historic people.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I DISAGREE WITH THIS PRACTICE BECAUSE TOURISTS DESERVE TO GET ORIGINAL CRAFTS MADE BY LOCAL PEOPLE.
Anonymous I disagree with imports I believe aboriginal arts and crafts should be from the source and not copied but if it helps the Aborigines people and they don't mind then it would be ok.
Mark Webster from USA I strongly disagree with imports First of all its Dishonest to call then Aboriginal or infer they are Indigenous if they are made out of the country by OTHER ethnicities (the most obvious reason) second doing so takes potential MUCH needed income from REAL Aboriginal people who are already at the bottom of the economic latter (as we are here in the USA)... Third its morally and spiritually corrupt thing to do.
Mark from New Zealand I strongly disagree with imports It should remain with the aboriginal people where it has the true craft love and respect
Anonymous from Germany I disagree with imports I disagree with imports because a part of australian culture is lost.
Anonymous I disagree with imports I think credit for the maker should go to the maker specifically when the people group is so small.
Matthew from Australia I strongly disagree with imports I devalues real aboriginal art and takes away a valuable income for Aboriginals. It also makes it harder for Aboriginals to make a living from their art work which in turns reduces the number of artists and I believes contributes to the gradual loss of their culture.
Mauro from Italy I strongly disagree with imports They distort the aboriginal culture and lower the cultural value of their traditions
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Why import your own art? It is ridiculous to import something foreign and sell it as your own. Furthermore I think it is unethical. Tourists who buy some thing as "genuine" will be willing to pony up but if the seller keeps his or her operating cost low and sells it for a "genuine" price that person is ripping off the customer.
Meghan from USA I strongly disagree with imports The peoples and cultures responsible for unique forms of art should be the ones to benefit from the spread of that art. In addition imports from nations such as India and China often support unjust labor laws and unethical business policy.
Michael from USA I strongly disagree with imports For starters they are not authentic and anything less is not worth it. In addition while I do believe the native people are better off without capitalism in this day and age I believe it will cause more harm then good. For those tourists who believe they are getting the real thing and then 10 minutes later it breaks it makes it seem like the quality is less then what they would have first believed. Overall it causes more harm to the native people then good and more people should be aware that this is happening.
Michael from USA I strongly disagree with imports If it's not authentic (my word) it's not worth having.
Michael Dehottay from Belgium I strongly disagree with imports I'm very pained to know this. I think that the commercial politic from the "developed" countries will be kill creativity of real living people in opposition of our virtual no lives. Sorry for my poor english I can tell you more in french
Michael from USA I disagree with imports I don't believe that a country should import cheap art and artifacts because that is actually taking good money away from the people of australia and it's integrity.
Anonymous from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports I disagree because the imports are fake cheap and of poor quality. They are not made by real aboriginal people also.
Anonymous I disagree with imports The consumer might think that the Aboriginal people are benefiting from their custom but in fact they are not in addition it is not authentic merchandise.
Michael Tong Lee from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal art and artifacts not only represent but embody the spirituality of the dream time stories and beliefs they depict. Such art and artifacts therefore belong to the custodians and preservers of these stories and cannot be truly replicated by other parties. Such reproductions are meaningless copies without essence.
Michele Carugati from Italy I strongly disagree with imports I disagree because it's like selling something fake
Mike Griffith from USA I strongly disagree with imports A cultures art work & crafts being sold as "genuine" when it clearly is not crafted by the people represented is a gross insult to that culture and demeans that culture.
Milford from USA I strongly disagree with imports Not authentic no support for natives.
Mitchell from USA I strongly disagree with imports Such imports violate the spirit of the art and represent cheap mockeries of a great craft.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Only natives deserve it
Moshe from Israel I strongly disagree with imports Not only is it disrespectful of true Aborigines it also lowers the bar on things "Australian". You can't claim to have something unique and dis encourage it's growth.
Nancy from USA I disagree with imports Art is free. Copying has been going on for eons. However if specific claims are made regarding tribal authorship or artistry or regional agreements are broken that crosses the line into unethical practice. Also if processes used to create art fakes exploit the resource that is another reason to call out the offenders.
Neil Wakeling from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports If they are labelled as aboriginal then that is what they should be! Otherwise it is deception. Indonesia have their own crafts to sell!
Anonymous I disagree with imports It takes away from the authenticity and income of the real aboriginal works.
Nicola from Italy I disagree with imports Why do you sell an imported object when the aboriginal quality is better?
Pablo from Argentina I strongly disagree with imports Considering the brutal colonization that western culture has imposed to aboriginal people I think that one way of protecting them now is protecting their artifacts and handicrafts. I think its a tool which could allow aboriginal to develop a market on their own which could help them to grow and expand their culture again.
Anonymous from Canada I strongly disagree with imports Why import a native craft from a non native source. it makes no sense. The money should go to the aboriginal community if it is sought.
Patrick from Australia I strongly disagree with imports It is Only look alike & not real. It also reduces chances of Aboriginal employment.
Patrick Temme from USA I strongly disagree with imports First off I do not believe in lying. Secondly this practice is choking out the beautiful and original culture of Australia by promoting fake products. I assume this is for monetary gains.
Patrick from USA I strongly disagree with imports Obviously importing cheap knock off products from outside of Australia is detrimental to Aborigines and their culture. Support Aborigines by buying their authentic products.
Patti Baker from USA I disagree with imports My belief on purchasing Aboriginal arts and crafts is that one of the major purposes of purchasing them is to have an item(s) that was made by the people who the item(s) represent. I believe that the Aboriginal people should be the people to represent produce and profit from all Aboriginal arts and crafts.
Paul Bishop from USA I disagree with imports Aboriginal art to me is often more than just art - it is a religious object. Imported fakes lessen the value of the real thing and when passed off as genuine reflect poorly on the Aboriginal People
Paul from USA I strongly disagree with imports Want authentic only
Paul from USA I disagree with imports Genuine art should be genuine. Anything imported should be clearly marked.
Peggy Adams from USA I strongly disagree with imports I think it is important to stay true to culture and copies are not acceptable. It is like plagiarism...
Peggylynn Terrien from USA I strongly disagree with imports The only arts and crafts sold should be made by native peoples it is not fair to them and their culture to make and sell fakes it is disgusting and immoral
Pete from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Australian Aboriginal art should be australian and aboriginal
Petri Aitta-aho from Finland I strongly disagree with imports It's ugly: genocide by greed
Phil Smith from USA I disagree with imports Australian aboriginal crafts should come from Australian aboriginals.
Rafael Adorno from Brazil I strongly disagree with imports You copy them cockroach’s of any art devaluate the artists mainly the natives of the land who live of this art when industrialized let artesian without chance of compete for material cheap on a large scale who is soled by great companies.
Ray Todd from USA I strongly disagree with imports Mock aborigine imports weaken the value and importance of the aborigine people. these fraudulent depictions of the indigenous people skew the history and struggles of these people.
Anonymous from Finland I strongly disagree with imports Selling it as original is cheating.
Rex Womack from USA I strongly disagree with imports Greed is the only reason to import fake Aboriginal arts and crafts. By using the resources of a county's people and products you raise the value of that country. You also raise the dignity of the Aboriginal people which in turn empowers them to be productive citizens.
Richard from Canada I strongly disagree with imports I believe of the true essence of Aboriginal Arts and Crafts done by the Australian people. It is important to take care of the Aboriginal people. they are very precious to ALL of us humans. We can learn a lot ...
Richie Duvall from USA I don't care Not Sure
Robert from USA I strongly disagree with imports The whole point of Aboriginal art is that the art is authentic and by an Aboriginal Australian not a factory-made copy churned out in China. By selling ersatz art the sellers are willfully misleading buyers and cheapening authentic artwork.
Robert from USA I strongly disagree with imports Cheap imitations take away income from indigenous artists.
Robert from USA I strongly disagree with imports It undermines the efforts of Aboriginal peoples to support themselves. It can send the wrong impression about the quality of genuine Aboriginal products.
Robert Levinson from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is not fair to the Aboriginal people as it dilutes their culture and robs them of the difficult livelihoods they have. The same sort of thing happened in the USA with the Native Americans. All these indigenous people live in some form of poverty on reservations and they should be given every opportunity to better their situations and to keep their cultures alive.
Anonymous I disagree with imports Importing such objects to then be labeled as Aboriginal art lessens the value of those truly Aboriginal pieces. Tourist will come to believe that the "imported" items are cheaply made cheap to buy or not unique to the country and it's culture and heritage.
Robin from France I disagree with imports I disagreeing with imports of Aboriginal arts because they are not respecting the nature and the cultural tradition and they are the only resource for Aboriginal people can protect their way of life.
Rochelle from USA I strongly disagree with imports I just think that it's deceitful and if people are spending money on something they believe to be authentic then it should be authentic...not some cheap copy made in some other country. I am not against selling copies but I think it's only fair to make people AWARE that they are copies and if they aren't even PRODUCED in the Australia then if that's the way it's going to be then people should be advised of that so they can decide whether they want to purchase a cheaply made imported copy.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe that the aboriginal people should be the ones to create these arts and crafts and should be the ones earning the money for their own heritage.
Roi Redondo García from Spain I disagree with imports If they're selling something as aboriginal normal is that this pieces should be it
Romano from Italy I strongly disagree with imports MORE THAN ANY OTHER ACTIVITY ARTS TESTIFY THE CULTURAL MEMORY OF MANKIND. CULTURE MEANS VALUES. VALUES CANNOT BE IMPORTED.
Anonymous I disagree with imports The Aboriginal people should profit from their heritage and culture and have the opportunity to make a living doing so.
Roy Paramo from Spain I strongly disagree with imports Importing fake crafts devaluates original aboriginal-made crafts and it does not help aboriginal communities to make a decent and fair way of life.
Rual from USA I disagree with imports A country should promote native people as best as possible their arts and crafts are the best way.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Australia should be supporting its local artists and boosting its economy by production. It's foolish to send your money to others when you have plenty of people that could benefit from the work at home.
Sandra from Australia I strongly disagree with imports This is sacred to Aboriginal people & their culture. It is disrespectful to copy or imitate such an important work of art.
Scott from USA I strongly disagree with imports If it is "Aboriginal" art then it should be done by Aboriginals and the proceeds from those should got to Aboriginals.
Scott from USA I strongly disagree with imports It tarnishes and belittles the craft of an indigenous people
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports For a country to import native art that is sold to tourists is appalling. As a native american I think this is absolutely horrible.
Scott Watkins from USA I strongly disagree with imports I disagree with imports of any kind when it takes away something of value from the people or their heritage of the region they live in. No one should be able to steal away their livelihood!
Anonymous from Germany I strongly disagree with imports Supporting aborigines craftsman
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Original is original. a lie is a lie. Why take the money from the artist and give to a thief?genuine is real but not necessarily from the source they might portray
Steve from USA I strongly disagree with imports Although it spreads the beauty of the art it takes money away from the aboriginals
Steve Jacobs from USA I strongly disagree with imports If I buy something in Australia which is supposed to be Aboriginal (which I have) I want it to be Aboriginal.
Steve O'Neill from USA I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts and crafts should be made only by Aboriginal peoples. It is their art and culture and the sale of it supports their way of life.
Stuart Kirkpatrick from Bermuda I strongly disagree with imports Its outrageous that someone could sell something as 'genuine' when its not! indigenous/aboriginal Australians have little enough as it is without having to battle imports.
Stuart Turner from USA I disagree with imports Arts and crafts should be clearly labeled as to origin. Discerning buyers will make enlightened choices.
Stuart from United Kingdom I disagree with imports Devalues genuine articles and is misrepresentation
Sue Cadigan from USA I strongly disagree with imports This takes from the real source. This takes sources from the real people to are true people of Australia. It is wrong.
Summergold Garfias from USA I agree with imports People can learn from this stuff
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports As a traveler to Australia I would like to purchase gifts made in Australia however I recognize the limitations of natural resources. Therefore didgeridoos made of synthetically but still benefiting aboriginal arts is preferred.
Tammy from Canada I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal art should made by Aboriginals and sold as such. I live by Niagara Falls and it really irks me that the tourists are buying Mountie figures etc stamped made in china.
Tanya Kendall from Canada I strongly disagree with imports Any money that people spend on art that they think is going towards the rightful artisans should go directly to the artisans
Theresa from South Africa I strongly disagree with imports Imported goods take away from the essence of the culture of the Aboriginal people. It also allows unscrupulous people to sell these imports to tourists & others that cannot tell the difference between the "real" thing & imports. I think many people will be extremely disappointed to find out that the craft they bought turns out to be fake.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports They should be made by local people instead of employing people from other countries.
Tim from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal art can only come from the Aboriginal people not Asians!!
Todd from USA I strongly disagree with imports Insult to the Aboriginal culture.
Todd Melville from Australia I strongly agree with imports Just one stroll through the Vic Markets in Melbourne will unveil a whole host of shitty imported didgeridoos. The sellers (mostly Indians) will blatantly lie about where they're made and who makes them and even about the type of wood!
Tom from USA I disagree with imports Truth in advertising.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports This is art. And art shouldn't be copied. It is forbidden most of the times.
Anonymous I disagree with imports It isn't respectful.
Anonymous I disagree with imports It cheapens the whole look of Australia's Aboriginal culture if badly made merchandise is sold to places and people buy them.
Tyler from USA I strongly disagree with imports Selling someone's culture as genuine especially when the products are cheap knock-offs seems very dishonest. People's culture is their's and only their's so it should be up to them whether or not they decide to share it. The sales by the Aboriginal people are just fine because they are choosing to share their culture with other people. But pawning off pieces as "genuine" completely undermines the idea of sharing a culture.
Vincent from France I strongly disagree with imports Keep the culture and the knowledge of the Aboriginal. Local business = less transport and pollution.
William from USA I strongly disagree with imports By definition an Aboriginal work is produced in Australia by a native of the land.

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