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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

Aaron from Australia I strongly disagree with imports The importing of inferior copies of Australian Aboriginal Arts and Crafts allows exploitation of Native Australian values and the feeling and small part of the essence of Australian Aboriginals that is part of every traditionally created artwork is absent consequently derating the beauty of each piece.
Aaron from USA I disagree with imports I feel that the commercial abuse of the aboriginal culture whether they take advantage of it or not is wrong. The aboriginal people have a strong relationship with nature and other countries and people involved are raping the land and creating less sustainability for the native people.
Adam from USA I disagree with imports In the case of this importing I think it takes away from the aboriginals well being. As some now prefer to stay away from the city's having the production of actual didgeridoos be there means of income so they livelihood is actually at risk
Aj from USA I strongly disagree with imports Its a false practice that literally steals from the original artisans and crafts people who work hard to express their culture.
Alan from USA I strongly disagree with imports Honesty
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports When a product is said to be original and is not fraud is thought of as being the issue.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It's dishonest to pass them off as genuine Aboriginal art and the cheap goods devalue authentic goods and hurt the income of Aboriginal craftsmen.
Andy Duroe from Switzerland I disagree with imports Most imports are bad quality & deprive Aboriginal's of their lively-hood
Anna from USA I strongly disagree with imports That is not aboriginal art - it is made by Indonesians. If anyone should be profiting off of aboriginal art it should be the aborigines.
Bill Muller from South Africa I strongly disagree with imports It belongs to the peoples of Australia they should be the sole suppliers. the aboriginal people should be entitled to have their art protected as nothing will ever be better and have more soul than the original
Brad from USA I strongly disagree with imports As I also live in an area that appreciates traditional crafts created by local people I see the negative effects of cheap copies and imports on not only the local economy but also on the preservation of the heritage and lore attached to these works.
Brad from Australia I strongly disagree with imports I don't agree to the imports of aboriginal arts crafts etc because most of these are made by non aboriginal australians that are sold as genuine this not only takes money from the australian aborigines but also from the people that think they are buying a genuine aboriginal artifact aboriginal art should be treated with respect there paintings have a lot of meaning to the aboriginals of australia.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Why bring coals to Newcastle? It's far better to support the native culture and give buyers the gift of something with spirit.
Bruce from USA I strongly disagree with imports I strongly object because it is an insult to the Australian Aboriginal peoples and a rip-off to tourists. In addition sales of Aboriginal arts should benefit the Aboriginal people...it is their culture and their art.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It gets rid of there culture and income
Carl Martinez from USA I strongly disagree with imports Cheep copied art is sad. It happens around the world. Denying compensation for time and culture.
Charlie from USA I strongly disagree with imports I disagree with importing Aboriginal arts and crafts into Australia. Indigenous people throughout the world honor the spirits of what they take from the earth with prayer ceremony and gratitude. I believe the craftsmen and women who make your Didgeridoo's follow this time honored practice. I doubt that commercial importers are even aware of these ancient traditions.
Anonymous I disagree with imports I'd feel cheated buying something claimed as Aboriginal
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe quite strongly that it is wrong to take those ideas from a culture and market them as from that culture.
Anonymous from Ireland I strongly disagree with imports Because aboriginal people don't get any benefit from selling imported imitation goods. I would like to hope they get some from genuine aboriginal art
Connor from USA I strongly disagree with imports I strongly disagree with imports because with the imports of Aboriginal arts and crafts into Australia because it is not made of Eucalyptus and it is not fair to the people of the Aboriginal tribes that are trying to make a living by making and selling didgeridoos also it is not fair to the tourist that want an authentic or a genuine didgeridoo.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It loses its authenticity it's just wrong
Dallas from USA I strongly disagree with imports This work is an art. Importing knock-off is a disgrace to the Aboriginal people! Keep it authentic!
Dave from USA I strongly disagree with imports The Aborigine people of Australia do not deserve to be exploited they have dealt with enough since the white landed there.
Della from USA I strongly disagree with imports Fraudulent sales
Anonymous from Australia I disagree with imports I think it is unfortunate that the work being sold is not genuine and the money made from these products do not go to the Aboriginal people!
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Imports is note a "right" way. The spirit of the tradition is important and can live only in the ancestral way of production.
Fern from USA I strongly disagree with imports If they are not authentic they should not be sold. We need to keep the Aboriginal people working so they have something to fall back on to support themselves to keep pride in themselves and because selling fake shit is just wrong!
Francisco from Portugal I strongly disagree with imports As I came to understand the aboriginal art is sacred and only the members of each clan can "tell the clan's stories". By importing non-aboriginal art the true aboriginal culture is being robbed of its identity and the aboriginal people also loose the economical benefits of the real aboriginal art.
Anonymous from Brazil I strongly disagree with imports What is the point in selling aboriginal art and crafts if it isn't aboriginal?
Anonymous from Netherlands I strongly disagree with imports By importing there is no longer demand for the original items therefore the Aboriginal people lose their income
James from USA I strongly disagree with imports I think it is so bad that greedy business people have to stoop so low to make a profit. This practice ruins the culture and the art of the Aboriginal people. Cheap imports should be outlawed by the government as it degrades the country as well. There is nothing like real arts and crafts from indigenous people.
Anonymous I disagree with imports I think its a sell out! Keep Aboriginal art original!
Janice from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports The items should come from the original aboriginal culture.
Jason Hilliard from USA I disagree with imports Because their own craftsmanship is a thing of beauty and it's tarnished when one has to "shop" to find the real thing.
Jason Hilliard from USA I disagree with imports Let's just stick with the real deal.
Jennifer from USA I strongly disagree with imports Australia needs to support its own native culture.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Imitation being passed off as real is ridiculous.
Joe from USA I disagree with imports Original art should be made in the same country.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports I strongly disagree with imports because it takes away the opportunities of the aborigines to sell their genuine arts and crafts to tourists. There is nothing like getting the real arts & crafts made by aboriginal hands. To me this is priceless. It makes people like me proud to own a real one and at the same time helping the aborigines generate income.
Johnny from USA I agree with imports Countries have to make money but I think it is better to make money off of native arts and crafts.
Anonymous from Canada I strongly disagree with imports It seems dishonest both in selling false art to people and robbing aboriginals of Australia of a chance to share their heritage.
Anonymous I disagree with imports There is a certain level of authenticity I admire when it comes to goods
Anonymous I strongly agree with imports En tiedä
Katt from USA I disagree with imports I feel that if it is shipped and sold it needs to be stated it is a copy or not. Don't use the art for bad intent when it is made for good. The art of this tribe needs to be shared with the world so it can be remembered and awaken others to remember old ways.
Kristie from USA I strongly disagree with imports As an Australian I would want to purchase product that has true heritage and meaning - the true blue experience. I would also want others wishing to own a piece of our countries native instrument to be able to buy the real thing not an imitation.
Anonymous I disagree with imports The aborigines need to sell their own crafts to make a profit
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Terrible way to make a cheap buck off of imitations of traditional art that is still available by those who developed it
Manuel from Italy I disagree with imports I disagree for a simple reason: producing a fake aboriginal arts & crafts it gives less opportunity to earn money to the aboriginal artist and crafters.
Anonymous I don't care "I don't care" is not the point although I would like protect the aborigines culture and save their income. Its a free market I think market-protection wouldn't be the right thing. Maybe it would help to point out the advantage of aboriginal products
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports It should never be mislabeled as authentic.
Michael from USA I disagree with imports I feel that any cheap art misrepresents the original artisans and their culture.
Mike from USA I strongly disagree with imports They are not authentic inferior in quality and undercut Aboriginal cultural identity as well as their ability to make a living.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It deprives the indigenous people of income and recognition. Besides that knock offs suck!
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Because they are taking advantage of people from all angles!
Misti from USA I disagree with imports I don't think that the imports should be sold as original aboriginal art if they were not even made by the Aboriginal people.
Anonymous I disagree with imports If its not real its crap
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Lame imitations are insulting to the culture! PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Cheap imitations the aboriginal people should profit not big business
Anonymous I disagree with imports It is a way of expanding a culture
Rebecca from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is important to maintain the authenticity of there artwork.
Renato from Brazil I agree with imports I agree with the PRODUCTS IMPORTED from the moment the Aborigine people are benefited by such importation as is the fruit of their work and their culture. I agree to present this culture to the world only in those terms.
Anonymous from China (pr) I disagree with imports Just like the US or south Africa when the First people groups become the minority they are marginalized. they are usually the poorest people and to make cheep copies of their art and sell it as theirs is further taking advantage of them.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports The art of the aboriginals comes from the heart and soul of the aboriginals and cannot be copied and should not be stolen
Anonymous I disagree with imports I don't speak Ingles
Ronan from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Copied art is not really art and it effects the life of the original artist.
Samuel Jean from Canada I strongly disagree with imports I strongly disagree with importation of already available stuff food items etc no matter what we are talking about. Importation with a business reason behind it is VERY BAD both for people making it half the price and the local maker of this same stuff (generally of better quality because of freshness and/or carefulness). Makers accept selling it under price for employment security (people wants to survive wants to eat no matter what). They don't care about what they do. If they don't then I consume something that isn't worth being consumed or used... it's just another object created for no reason except economy. That same economy that privates people from their lands so they need to buy food instead of growing their own. If they need to buy food they need money. If they need money and the only thing they can sell is didgeridoo.. and you start importing fake ones at prices of peanuts... murderer... If local people sells less they are tempted to use the same method of exploitation ie forest destruction low quality instrument... that is bad for me. Massive and continuous importation contributes to fuel consumption climate change planet carnage. Which is bad for me for you for us for them for all!
Scot Magnuson from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is fraudulent and taking away from culture and support to the Aboriginal people.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I enjoy authentic art
Anonymous I agree with imports They provide competition. The Australian government should push native Australian art though.
Thomas from USA I strongly disagree with imports First of all its a moral issue. Tourists coming to Australia looking to purchase something that is genuine Aboriginal arts or crafts are being cheated out of there money by being sold these cheap imports. Second the Aboriginal people should be the only ones profiting from there arts and crafts.
Anonymous I disagree with imports They should be genuine.
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports The Aboriginal of Australia have a blessed history and spirit imitating this culture for monetary gains degrades the land its people and falsifies their meaning.
Ulrik Ekonen from Argentina I strongly disagree with imports Because it damages the local culture and disrupts culture promotion
Walter Simion from Italy I disagree with imports Perchè è una concorrenza sleale a danni di un popolo che ha già subito troppo
Anonymous I don't care I think turning a culture into a business is an abomination no matter whether the aboriginals were making the stuff themselves.
Aaron from New Zealand I strongly disagree with imports To me the didge is not a musical instrument its a magic wand with extreme power I've experienced this power. as a spiritual tool it definitely needs to be made by aboriginals with the knowledge
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports If it's not Australian indigenous aboriginal art then it's not! Anything else is a lie. If it was called "Indonesian aboriginal art" I would have no problem with it. But passing it off as Australian Aboriginal art is wrong.
Anonymous from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Keep the culture alive by encouraging local people to make traditional instruments / paintings the way they have been for millennia
Ahmed from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Because it destroys the real culture
Alberto Bitto from Italy I disagree with imports The Aboriginal arts and crafts should be supported in order to promote the true Aboriginal culture. Selling cheap imported items does exactly the opposite.
Alejandro Dominguez from Mexico I strongly disagree with imports Low quality cheap imports are not good compared to original handcrafts.
Alex Eastburn from USA I strongly disagree with imports In my opinion importing copied arts and crafts exploits Aboriginal culture and takes away from the value of true Aboriginal art harming the very people these items represent.
Anonymous I disagree with imports Even though I feel that everyone has a right to their way of being in the world importing large quantities of cheap copied Aboriginal arts and crafts does not feel honouring or in integrity with the unique nature of these sacred objects.
Anonymous from Chile I strongly disagree with imports Because these replicas are killing the true art and the knowledge of hundred of past generations for one reason the business
Anonymous I disagree with imports I believe that the Aboriginal people should be able to use their craft handed down to them as a means to make a living. Indonesian imports interfere with that process.
Ana Buchadas from Portugal I disagree with imports Because first they shouldn't deceive the tourists and second because they are just taking away the essence of that tradition and turn that in one more deal
Andrea from USA I disagree with imports They should be authentic not copies
Andrew Hodge from Canada I strongly disagree with imports Art is a story maybe only understood by the artist. It contains spirit and energy. There are also many rituals behind painting and music and dance these should remain sacred.
Andrew from Australia I strongly disagree with imports There is no authenticity or "meaning" in buying something that isn't created from the heart.
Andrew from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Id hate to buy something that wasn't genuine especially aboriginal products
Andrew from USA I strongly disagree with imports It's pretty easy if they are copies they aren't "aboriginal". Also it presumably results in lost sales that would support the aboriginal people as well as diminishing the value/perception of aboriginal art because the copies are most-likely cheaply made and of low quality.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It offends the tradition of the aboriginal.
Andy from Ireland I strongly disagree with imports I strongly disagree if they are been labeled as genuine
Andy from USA I strongly disagree with imports All artistic designs should be protected by copyright law. The originators of these designs should be able to deny or give permission to those who want to replicate the designs. The designers should be allowed to bring suit against those who infringe upon their design copyright
Anonymous I strongly agree with imports I think it is dishonest to pass off imports as being representative of Aboriginal culture.
Anonymous from Finland I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginals deserve to get paid and respect for their stuff.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It's either Aboriginal or no original.
Barry Adams from United Kingdom I disagree with imports Normal imports are fine but I think that national crafts and arts should be reserved for the indigenous people to promote their own cultures.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Import copies of artwork should be considered counterfeit and should be a crime. It takes away from the business of the real artists.
Bart from Netherlands I strongly disagree with imports It is disrespectful of your own people the true Natives of Australia! It is only to make cheap money and also puts the true artists out of work. You are not helping your fellow countrymen and woman whom put a piece of their soul into the true craftswork. In pursuing this shot sighted way of business you lose in the long run an ancient form of art an mostly an important piece of true culture! It would be sad to only enjoy the true arts in a dream state. It should be out there for the world to enjoy.
Betsy Sauther from USA I disagree with imports It's one thing to make art in the spirit of a culture another to say they made it and sell it as such when it's a forgery.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports When I buy something I want it to be real made by the people who began the tradition and who know it best not some cheap copy made for making money only.
Bjorn Restad/former Noremsaune from Norway I disagree with imports People should have a chance to get a good didj rather than those imported ones
Anonymous I disagree with imports It cheapens/weakens the authenticity and value of the real aboriginal items
Anonymous I disagree with imports As an Alaskan I know how important it is to encourage and spread our native art. Imported knock-offs take away from that opportunity.
Bob from Canada I disagree with imports If the product is sold with the idea of it being a 'real' piece then the consumer is being ripped off as well as the aboriginal artist who could be making a living...
Brad Lackey from USA I strongly disagree with imports Cheap fakes are a disgrace. In the Southwest USA we have struggled to keep cheap copies of American Indian jewellery and pottery from reaching the market as genuine.
Branden Parker from USA I disagree with imports They're not original and they would seem to take income away from true Aboriginal people.
Brenda Lacourciere from Canada I strongly agree with imports It is great for their economy.
Brendan Moloney from Spain I strongly disagree with imports I went all the way to Australia to get my didgeridoo and one reason being is I didn't want a fake and I wanted to get the history of where it came from etc. I disagree with the import of Aboriginal arts and crafts because firstly it takes away all trade from the creators of this art. This material has no history no feeling no spirit and no quality. I come from Ireland where we have a lot of hand crafts and I fully support local handcraft trade.
Anonymous I disagree with imports I disagree with Aboriginal arts and crafts been imported into Australia as I believe its stealing a tradition and an income which could be used to be ploughed back into keeping these traditions and others fresh for upcoming generations.
Brian from USA I strongly disagree with imports It's dishonest. It's bad for Australian business and its artists.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Buyers want aboriginal art because they have been in some way touched by aboriginal culture. An imported artifact presented as 'aboriginal' falsifies that connection and robs the aboriginal culture of the connection and profit that could come from artwork.
Bruce from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Ownership of cultural traditions is important but if China wants to sell bamboo tubular wind instruments I have no objection as long as they do not claim or pretend to be Aboriginal didges!
Bryan Scotson-smith from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Simple Copies do not sound as good
Camilo from Chile I strongly disagree with imports I'm absolutely disagree certainly mainly because these cheap importations harm the reputation of the real aboriginal art and probably reduce the job vacancies for aboriginal people because I guess that these large quantities of copied imports are chosen by tourists because they possibly can't identify the original aboriginal arts and because it's cheap.
Candy from USA I strongly disagree with imports I travel around the world and struggle to find authentic art. Its the same crap made in China or India no matter where you go. I think all countries should support local areas with things made in that country. All countries should be self sufficient and make everything they need to provide jobs and incomes for all levels of people.
Cari from USA I strongly disagree with imports Much like the USA buying Native American crafts like Dream Catchers that are "Made in China" it is JUST WRONG! First the art of making the craft needs to stay in the culture. Secondly the country needs to support their FIRST CULTURES in any way they can. Finally tourists need to research what they purchase and not just but a cheap knock-off.
Carlos Guillermo from Mexico I disagree with imports I disagree because they are stolen the art and roots of an authentic culture and a form of life now the people from Australia has less opportunities to sell his products to the tourists.
Carmelo from Spain I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts are unique
Anonymous from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Misrepresentation of aboriginal culture
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Unethical and compromises ability of Aboriginal Australians to be fairly compensated for their skills
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports No money from the profits is returned to the tribes
Charley from USA I don't care There are imitations of about everything today. They key thing I support is mandatory disclosure of country of origin and maker's name.
Chelsea from USA I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginals indigenous to Australia still create wonderful beautiful and real (not cheep) works of art. I don't believe it can be called "genuine" if Aboriginal art is not made by someone indigenous to Australia or at the very least from Australia. To me that is like saying a poster of Leonardo Da Vinci's Monalisa is as nice as the original. Also if true Aborigines create these works and sell them then there are more jobs available they have a greater income and Australia's government does not have to buy cheep art to stimulate the income of other countries. Also for the customer who's intention is probably to have a REAL work of art that comes from Australia is probably not going to be happy if it is not authentic. It just does not seem right or fair and I don't know how such an idea would have gotten started in the first place.
Anonymous I agree with imports It's always best to purchase an instrument made by an artisan who actually plays it. It is much more authentic in a teaching situation.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports This practice diminishes the value of true Aboriginal art.
Christian from USA I strongly disagree with imports Because if they are false and are promoted as legitimate then they are exploiting the aboriginal tribes and should deserve credit.
Christopher from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports It's dishonest and ethically dubious with regards to authentic aboriginal art and aborigine communities.
Christopher from USA I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts and crafts must be crafted by Aboriginals or they are void of merit. The practice of importing fakes into tourist markets is present in the American Southwest the Caribbean and many other tourist stops around the world. The support of this practice inhibits the essence of supporting Aboriginal craftwork which is implemented to provide a means for survival for native tribes.
Clement from France I disagree with imports Keep the aboriginal art and tradition alive!
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Not original
Anonymous from Australia I strongly disagree with imports The cheap imports are taking monies away from Australia. Imports generally are of poor quality.
Cory from USA I agree with imports Imports are important for monetary reasons but to sell as "genuine" isn't ethical. I buy from this site because I want a GENUINE didj. I want the profits to go to the Aboriginal's who made the instrument; but if they are not making products they shouldn't be paid top dollar for less than an original.
Curt from USA I agree with imports I think the concept of selling fake Aboriginal work is disappointing. However is Australia wants to make money on tourists most are unwilling to pay higher prices for originals.
Anonymous I disagree with imports It's not honest.
Damien Loughnane from Ireland I strongly disagree with imports Aren't the long litany of abuses against the indigenous people of Australia bad enough without heaping further abuse of their lives and culture.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports I think that so much has been taken away from the indigenous population that this is just another insult to them.
Dan from USA I strongly disagree with imports While I do not disagree with the business of importing Any items from other countries. I wholeheartedly disagree with the practice of Claiming these items to be genuine artwork of a culture such as Aboriginal Native American or of any culture that it is Not a product of. Imports should be if offered for sale at all labeled truthfully as to their origins.
Daniel Cohen from USA I strongly agree with imports I feel it is dishonest and diminishes the special nature of local crafts. The real article has a soul and a certain important connection to the native land and the past history that should not be removed.
Daniel Niles from United Arab Emirates I strongly disagree with imports It's deceptive to the buyer. It inhibits the native Aboriginal from furthering his/her craft marketing his skills furthermore "fake" products inadvertently reflect badly on the native since the buyer doesn't know fake from real.
Anonymous from Ireland I strongly disagree with imports Because its wrong
Anonymous I disagree with imports Its just not right to do that with the tourists thinking they are buying legit things
Darren Searle from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Nothing compares to the genuine thing. There is so much culture and many many generations of teachings in true fair dinkum 100% real aboriginal art.
Dave from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Consumer not getting what they pay for. Funds not going to traditional makers of australian arts and crafts
David from USA I strongly disagree with imports It take away sometimes the only source of income of tribal people.
David from Canada I disagree with imports I disagree because importing "fake" aboriginal art is taking advantage of an already marginalized people-group's culture for profit. I especially disagree if the "fake" pieces of art are passed off as being authentic.
David Cook Jr from USA I strongly disagree with imports Its not right to sell something that is of that country that is fake. It's morally wrong and it is an art form that comes from the soul and not the wallet. Keep it pure and real please.
David from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe that the imports are misleading and hurt the Aboriginal economy.
David from USA I disagree with imports I think these imports are an exploitation of the unique artistic style developed by the Aboriginal people and the poor quality of the craftsmanship of these copies are an insult to the Aboriginal people.
David from USA I strongly disagree with imports I purchase my products based off of these principals so if it says it is made by an Aboriginal I believe it is. Finding out that I paid for something made by china and originally thinking it was Aboriginal makes it worth nothing to me!
Deb from USA I strongly disagree with imports The word COPIED says it all. It is not Aboriginal it has neither the Soul or Spirit of Australia's land and it's people
Anonymous from USA I agree with imports I think if you limit any imports it has to be across the board. You can't say that everything else is ok to import except for items from one group. That would cause problems. I do believe it should be labeled as being an import.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Preservation of cultural identity does not happen in a vacuum. We must work together to preserve and encourage the progression of indigenous cultural creativity through out the world.
Debra from USA I disagree with imports Arts and crafts native to a population are important to a culture. However some imports might be beneficial (although obviously of lower quality and importance) to make people of aware of the arts and crafts of a people which in turn would hopefully make them more aware and appreciative of the real deal.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It's just not right.
Derrick Jackson from USA I strongly disagree with imports I think it is unfair to take a true quality instrument which is a form of payment for the aboriginal people. And mass produce cheap junk that makes the rich richer.
Don Morris from USA I strongly disagree with imports It disrespects the native population and degrades it to the point of making it worthless.
Don Randolph from USA I disagree with imports I live where many imports have been sold as original tribal objects depriving the local tribes of the income they would otherwise have for selling their hand made crafts. The imports are nowhere near the quality as well.
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports It undermines the ability of the Aboriginal peoples to provide one of their sources of income for themselves. To allow any copied arts and crafts to be designated as genuine Aboriginal art is entirely wrong.
Dustin from USA I strongly disagree with imports Its killing the already hurting economy of aboriginal art and instruments. also it leads to ignorance of the culture and heritage. all in all its diluting the didge world with crap.
Dustin Chavez from USA I strongly disagree with imports I think that if there is a decreaaase in the people then there should be with the art not that the people copying it should increase
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Other people should not be allowed to fake Australian aboriginal arts and crafts.
Ed Obermeyer from Us Minor Outlying Islands I strongly disagree with imports It is so important to preserve the true history of Aboriginal Culture with genuine artifacts not preconceived touristy knock offs. The value of their culture lies in the telling of story through symbols.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports This practice takes jobs and income from the Aboriginal people.
Edward from USA I strongly agree with imports They are not genuine and it does not support the Aboriginal people arts and crafts.
Edward Magee from Canada I strongly disagree with imports THE ABORIGINAL people should be no. one in producing their own arts & crafts. It is the same in Canada our first nations peoples art takes second place to imports.
Elena from Italy I strongly disagree with imports If they are cheap quite sure it means these products are made exploiting someone. plus this policy doesn't support local living or traditions. more over: aboriginal art is sacred => there's need to be somehow allowed to 'use' it especially for commercial purpose
Elizabeth from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe the aboriginal art provides the aboriginal people an opportunity to continue their culture and to earn a living while doing so.
Eric Boucher from Canada I strongly disagree with imports It simply doesn't reflect the land and its people on top of giving the Australian Aborigines (and Australia) a bad name because of the poor quality of these products.
Eric Frisbee from USA I strongly disagree with imports Because the Aboriginal People should have have the right as any other nation to let its people sell its products to the world first especially inside their own country.
Erik from USA I disagree with imports This takes away from the Aboriginal people's ability to sell authentic arts and crafts. It floods the market with fakes.
Erik from Netherlands I disagree with imports Selling fake products pretending they are real is swindle. However when potential buyers are interested in the aboriginal culture and want a souvenir as a memory to their meeting with aboriginal culture knowing they are buying non-genuine " aboriginal" art I think it should not be a problem. Spreading "information/knowledge" about the aboriginal culture is in this context also important.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I disagreeing with imports of Aboriginal arts as it takes money away from my peoples income
Anonymous from Portugal I strongly disagree with imports It is not correct.
Fernando from Argentina I strongly disagree with imports I think aboriginal art in any place of the world is something made by the aboriginal people of that place. If you bring the same item from another place like a different country then it's not aboriginal any more. It can be an excellent copy or even better but it's not the same as the original.
Fred Ashplant from USA I strongly disagree with imports I think it is important for Aboriginal people to be the sole beneficiaries of their art and culture for commercial and financial reasons. I also think that the native Australians' should be the only one to produce examples of their arts and crafts to maintain the purity of these art forms.
Fredrik from Sweden I strongly disagree with imports The imports of copies makes the local culture less "worth".
Gabe from Canada I disagree with imports It's faulty advertisement. I'm fine with someone practicing aboriginal art but to sell it and not know about the meaning of the art and the stories it tells then I think it's wrong to say it's genuine aboriginal art. But art is really what you make of it;)
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports First they are FAKE and being marketed as REAL Aboriginal. Second it takes away livelihood of Aboriginal people. Anything made of wood coming from outside of Australia could have pests hidden and infect the natural environment. Spiritually speaking Aboriginal beliefs are not based upon evil spirits as those from Indonesia and India and therefore you would not have spirits attached to the items.
Geoff from Canada I strongly disagree with imports Fakes of any kind are no good. Faking traditional works is obscene
George from Cyprus I strongly disagree with imports Most importantly its taking away business from the aborigines themselves and people buying them might actually believe its original genuine aboriginal art when its not. In the long run this will harm aboriginal art.
Gillian from USA I strongly disagree with imports It detracts from the original 'real' craft by potentially discrediting indigenous crafts lowering the price and quality and over-saturating the market. In the long term the true artisan and his skill may die out.
Gina from USA I strongly disagree with imports Importing cheap knock-offs cuts into the meager income of the indigenous peoples pushing them further into poverty. We in the USA have similar problems with Native American goods.
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports It depends on how they are receiving the materials to create these didgeridoos. I think selling to tourists is fine and it allows globalization and for other to experience different cultures. If the materials are illegally farmed then there is no room for it in this world.
Goran from Croatia/Hrvatska I strongly disagree with imports Because they're not made by australian people and therefore they are false.
Graeme from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Completely false
Graham from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports The treatment of Aboriginal people and the subsequent poor quality of life endured by many makes a strong case for doing everything possible to protect this one key cultural activity which can generate income. It is unfair in fact shameful to allow fake aboriginal goods to be sold as 'genuine'.
Greg from USA I strongly disagree with imports The only people who should be generating revenue from the crafts should be the aboriginal people themselves.
Guido from Netherlands I don't care It is good for Australia's income but not good for the Aboriginal people
Guillermo Tarin Paris from Spain I strongly disagree with imports That's bad in many ways lying to the buyers of supposed aboriginal art and to damage the job of the real aborigines
Gustavo Senise from Brazil I disagree with imports One can never sell anything based on lies and false information. And more important this practice is an act of strong disrespect regards to the original culture. However if the products can reach the same characteristics and quality of the original I would agree with the imports if and only if the aboriginal people agree too.
Anonymous from New Zealand I strongly disagree with imports It is just wrong to get an Australian indigenous product made outside the country to then be sold in Australia.
Hans from USA I strongly disagree with imports It takes away and is stealing from the Aborigine culture and skills. They are profiting by creating bootleg art and instruments. Robbing the culture from being widely know.
Harold Gaines from USA I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts and crafts are similar unique to their culture. Knock-offs diminish and degrade the originals. While imitation is a form of flattery profiting off of others' heritage is a type of intellectual banditry.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Rips off genuine artists gives false impression of what is considered good art uses low paid labour to produce sub-standard mass produced art. Often uses endangered species of tree to produce very poor quality didgeridoos.
Heath from USA I strongly disagree with imports Why import something as a copy of what someone in the country can do...keep the commerce "in house".
Anonymous from Ireland I strongly disagree with imports This practice is destructive and insulting to genuine Aboriginal creativity and culture. It is taking from the local economy and community and causing unemployment. Also adding to misinformation and ignorance about Aboriginal culture and traditions among tourists and indeed people everywhere.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I think it's important to encourage and protect all native arts
Ian from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Imports undermine the aboriginal culture exploiting their belief systems and ways of life purely for monetary gain.
Idan Saidi from Israel I agree with imports This ppls don't need any money. they live their lives for many years from mother nature. this way ppl can hear and learn about them and the way they live- and maybe tell their story if one day the will vanish.
Israel from USA I strongly disagree with imports The obvious. Its not authentic and does not benefit the proper education/experience represented by the aboriginals nor does it carry any ancillary benefits for the culture
Ivica from Croatia/Hrvatska I strongly disagree with imports That is definitely cheating the tourists and what’s even worst hurts genuine Aboriginal artists because cheap copies depreciate their hard work.
Jack from USA I strongly disagree with imports We used to have a similar issue in the USA with fake American Indian art/crafts. It takes money from members of a culture that is unique and drives the prices down further. While I'm not absolutely opposed to those who are NOT from the culture making their own art that is INFLUENCED by it it's dishonest to sell art and claim it is from that culture.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Because importing cheap and copied arts and crafts from Indonesia and China is not the real thing if its not coming from Australian aborigines or from professional didgeridoo makers its not genuine.
Jahn from USA I strongly disagree with imports The process devalues the art and culture of the true indigenous people. They shouldn't be imported only exported. you can't import what should only be made by an indigenous craftsman!
Jake from USA I strongly disagree with imports Not only is it a profit off of native peoples art that are not being represented or who are not profiting but the dilution of the culture itself is a slap in the face to native australians as well as the tourists being scammed. Australia uses the Aboriginal people as a tourist attraction and does not consider them an integral part of their society.
James Balducci from USA I strongly disagree with imports The people who buy into these "artifacts" are being cheated out of the heart and soul the aborigine people put into their instruments and work. And the aborigine people are being cheated out of spreading that as well as fiscal gain.
Jan from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports If you want to buy Australian Aboriginal art that is what it should be Why would anyone want to travel all the way to Australia and buy something made in China?
Jared from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is killing a culture.
Anonymous from USA I disagree with imports Minimizes the opportunity of the people to sell their original art
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It's bad for the economy
Jeff from USA I strongly disagree with imports The culture and its products and artifacts belong to the people and should not be stolen by outsiders.
Jerome from France I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts are the property of aboriginal people. It simply is a nonsense to call aboriginal arts from other countries. It's ethically unacceptable.
Jesus from USA I disagree with imports Lies nothing but lies
Jim from USA I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts are just that -- and should NOT be imported.
Jim from USA I strongly disagree with imports Australian aboriginal crafts and art will lose its value with every import and will soon have no value at all.
Jim from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is a disgrace to pass off products from Indonesia India and China as made by the Aborigine who themselves make such beautiful items.
Jimmy Mahuron from USA I strongly disagree with imports Imports devalue and degrade the real articles of art as made in Australia which is not good.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Because it is taking away jobs and revenue away from the Aborigines and I can see no point in buying copies of any original art
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It's totally unfair to the aboriginals
Joao from Portugal I disagree with imports It should stop so that the real ones are not mistaken and the aboriginal people could get the profits from those lies instead those countries should produce their own things
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Enjoyed Australia and Aboriginal arts on a visit in 1998.
Joe from USA I strongly disagree with imports Importing these artifacts is like stealing from the people themselves
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I disagree if it are copies from originals and if they sell it as authentic.if it are paintings of indonesian artist original but with dot paint technique and not sold as aboriginal then I think it is OK.
Anonymous from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports The support of the Aborigine is a very necessary part of modern Australian life. They have a lot to teach us about land management conservation and a way of living in harmony with nature.
Anonymous I disagree with imports The whole point of buying Aboriginal art and craft materials from or in Australia is to be sure of buying genuine Australian items.
John Griffiths from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Two main reasons: 1) it disadvantages Australian Aborigines by people not buying genuine articles; and 2) people want to buy genuine articles not imitation.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe that by taking in these imports the culture of the indigenous people of Australia is being trampled on. Instead of going through the craftsman who put love into their work Australia is importing cheap knock-offs.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I would like to see native cultures survive
John Smith from USA I strongly disagree with imports The importation of the arts and crafts dilutes the artistic and creative genius of the Aboriginal people. It also greatly reduces the the income of the Aboriginal people by increasing (fraudulently) the quantity of Aboriginal "art" in the marketplace thereby reducing the price that the Aboriginal people get for their work.
Anonymous from Canada I strongly disagree with imports I strongly disagree as this practice diminishes the talent pool of true local artists ( Aboriginal) as the cheaper import products replace the purchase of authentic art. The effect continues and eventually galleries stores etc are forced to stock more of the non authentic cheaper art as the tourists only see the dollar difference. Some of the "imported art" that we saw while visiting looks like the real thing to an "untrained eye". When art is purchased based solely on price the whole community suffers. Also the message and meaning behind the art is lost as the copied art is just that - a copy. The symbolism and history of the imagery has no meaning when it is just used/taken for the sake of a look. With a flood of "art" that is produced in this way in the end it is the true artist(s) that loses in the end.
Johnny Johnny from USA I strongly disagree with imports These arts are sacred and belong to the yolngu as their intellectual property and cultural heritage I think there should be no imitations of their ancient and unique culture!!!!!
Jon from USA I disagree with imports It undermines the whole industry
Jordan from USA I strongly disagree with imports The Aboriginal natives of Australia are a fascinating group of people one with many ancient traditions and beliefs that many people have no idea about. Preserving culture is a very important to issue me. Flooding the market with cheap knock offs that take the place of the handcrafted work of the true native should be a crime.
Jorge from Peru I disagree with imports Two reasons: If you sell something saying the people is original an it's not you are lying. And what happen with the original aboriginal art maybe the people think is to expensive. If some people sell cheap souvenirs as original. so can't be a fare trade for de aboriginal people. I hope you understand mi English is not good
Joseph from Netherlands I strongly disagree with imports The industry and the money goes again to others than the Aboriginals. Problem is that they should be interested in their own roots and make use of it. Their culture should be kept alive by themselves
Josh from USA I strongly disagree with imports No group of people should have any part of their culture imported by another country for the purpose of making money. It insults that peoples culture and is corrosive to traditional living.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It takes away the chance for the less privileged aboriginal people to provide genuine products to tourist and so making a living for themselves. I myself would not like to buy a aboriginal art form not knowing it comes from a different place. I also think that it would degrade the value of the genuine product because of the huge market of fake products available
Julia from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports I believe it is important to protect the cultures and traditions of any countries indigenous groups Imports devalue the history the cultural roots and the art
Justin from USA I strongly disagree with imports I disagree because people shouldn't sell "fake" Aboriginal arts and crafts when there are traditional/original Aboriginal arts and crafts to be bought/admired. Also it hurts the sellers of original Aboriginal arts and crafts by taking away valued customers (Tourists)
Ken Betteley from Australia I strongly disagree with imports I find it very insulting to the aboriginals of australia.
Kenny from USA I strongly disagree with imports Regional crafts and gatherings represent a culture and artists. Keeping to that form builds community.
Kent from USA I don't care Let the buyer decide which to buy authentic or fake. but either way education is important. teaching everyone of the aboriginal history and culture is essential.
Kevin from USA I strongly disagree with imports I am very supportive of Australia's Aboriginal people it is necessary that any items deemed "Aboriginal" should in fact be authentic. It is necessary for the preservation of our planet's history and for equality of a truly remarkable people.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Just as with other native populations we need to protect their culture and they deserve the revenue of their own creations.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports I am a builder of musical instruments as a hobby and at no time do I claim that my flute instruments are native american or that my Agave pipes are didgeridoos. Tribal artisans should be the only outlet for true products. Tourist and local buyers should be informed of their purchases and given opportunity to buy authentic vs. authentic import goods.
Kevin Lancaster from USA I strongly disagree with imports Stay true to your self and your culture at all costs!
Anonymous from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports It's just forgery - plain and simple. Forged products will most likely be of shoddy quality and this will reflect badly on the reputation of Australian Aboriginal art.
Anonymous from Sweden I disagree with imports I do not agree because it should be made at location But I also understand why do to the level of demand and the requests asking for cheaper.
Kim Colter from USA I strongly disagree with imports I am a gullible uninformed citizen of the USA. I would feel terribly hoodwinked if I bought something in person or online that was in fact made in Asia that was represented as being aboriginal. It seems to me that this practice of importing also undercuts the true aboriginal craftsman. I hope that I haven't already bought some cheap knock off unknowingly!
Kirsty from Australia I disagree with imports Wrong to steal cultural heritage
Koen from Netherlands I strongly disagree with imports First off its plagiarism. How can you make aboriginal art without being an aboriginal. At the most you could make a perfect copy or a perfect attempt without it actually being aboriginal. Second its fraudulent and I strongly believe that it is as much a crime as selling a rip-off Van Gogh as an original. there's no difference; its wrong. Third and not least due to the imports big businesses with enough money are making more and a community that is selling bits of their culture for recognition as well as needed income are being pushed aside....
Kris from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Importation of cheap and fake imports reduces deserved income of talented artists and trivialises the importance value and meaning of traditional art pieces and techniques.
Kris Ulrich from Canada I strongly disagree with imports I think that it is a means of making easy money by undermining the Aboriginal People and simply bypassing original culture to reduce cost. It's selling out all in the name of money.
Anonymous I disagree with imports I do not agree with it if they are being sold as authentic. If they are labeled as not authentic and are a lot cheaper than the authentic art then I feel it is up to the customer to decide if they want it or not. If items are too expensive many people cannot afford them. Having an alternative in which you know it is not authentic but looks close enough can make some customers happy. In no way should imported items be sold as authentic.
Anonymous from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Imports take away a valuable source of income for native australians - this income is often used to improve life for a whole community. Importing goods also bastardises the aboriginal culture with artworks which are not true to the culture meaning the culture becomes ever diluted
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Passing off cheap imports deprives the Aboriginal folks of their claim on their heritage and a source of income! Moreover cheats tourists who think they're getting the real thing. WRONG!!!! on many levels.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Australian Aboriginal artwork is created as a reflection of its people. Granted the sale of artwork is meant to provide for Aboriginal communities I believe its creation is more a vehicle for raising awareness of aboriginal issues and helping Aboriginal communities maintain a semblance of traditional ways.
Leon from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports This culture must be preserved
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Imports not only deceive the tourists but more importantly the practice steals from the Aboriginal people.
Loe In De Braekt from Netherlands I disagree with imports It is not original art
Lr from USA I strongly disagree with imports It's like going to Puerto Rico and getting souvenirs made in china; plus it infringes on the earning power of the remaining native craftsmen.
Luca from Italy I strongly disagree with imports Because it's a fake!
Luke Dickson from Sweden I strongly disagree with imports It belongs to these people man. You can't fake heart and soul and the people that think they can fake heart and soul clearly have none of these two wonderful human characteristics. It's also showing little respect to the Dreamtime and their belief system - wars have begun for less than this.
Lynne from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports It gives the tourist a false impression of something which is very beautiful made by very beautiful people. This is their craft their life their culture not to be copied and sold falsely.
Anonymous from Canada I strongly disagree with imports This is wrong on so many levels. The most obvious reason is that you're removing income potential from aboriginals. But much more ominously this is just a continuation of what western society has been doing centuries if not millennia: the systemic eradication off those peoples who are able to thrive outside of their religio-socio-political web of slavery; those who live harmoniously with nature. The entire indigenous populations of north and south america gone wiped out their remnants twisted into a pale imitation of the wisdom of their ancestors; The Witches of europe gone...
Anonymous from Spain I disagree with imports Where is the point of importing copied stuff of your own culture?
Manuel from Italy I strongly agree with imports 'couse attract foreign people strong economic source of support. And I like it!
Marc Kalmanson from USA I strongly disagree with imports Because it pollutes the value originality and spirit of the true Aboriginal Arts. The arts are an expression of the people and the western cultures is trying to kill that culture just as has happened to the Native Americans in the USA.
Marcin Zawiazalec from Poland I disagree with imports It should be law protected - brand Aboriginal have to be restricted for original aboriginal things
Margaret from USA I disagree with imports It is tough enough being a displaced aboriginal without having a source of pride or livelihood subverted.
Mario from Austria I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal Art should only be allowed to sell and produce from Aboriginal people. It is there culture and they should get the money for aboriginal products
Mark from USA I strongly disagree with imports Consumers have the right to know that what they are purchasing was made in Australia by Aborigines and that their money is going to support them and not workers in another country.
Mark from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports What is presented as being Australian should BE Australian. The benefits coming from their traditions should go to the indigenous peoples of Australia.
Mark Sonzogni from USA I strongly disagree with imports The art of the indigenous people should be just that not some Chinese/Indian knock-off and should be supported by the local government and merchants. It ruins the art on a number of levels personal traditional and economic.
Marlon Fuller from USA I strongly disagree with imports It really hurts the hole art system by cutting into aboriginal pockets because they sell there art for less money. witch in turn hurts the rest of the industry's sales.
Marshall from USA I disagree with imports If they're knock-offs with no disclosure that is unethical
Martin from USA I strongly disagree with imports I'm a purist; the "forgeries" undermine the cultural heritage of the art form and true craft of genuine Aboriginal artist. If a piece is a reproduction it should be advertised as such—no doubt there will remain a tourist market for these pieces.
Martin from USA I strongly disagree with imports Well firstly it robs the Australian native peoples of an opportunity to benefit from the trade secondly it cheats the buyers of the beauty of the real thing. Thirdly most of the imports are crap players
Martin Sørensen from Denmark I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal families loses money because of this import.
Matt Jamieson from Australia I strongly disagree with imports It does not support the Indigenous people of Australia.
Matthew from USA I strongly disagree with imports Because one culture has absolutely no right to profit of the reputation of another culture by mimicking its practices and passing of their crafts to those who do no know any better as "authentic" Let alone when you are taking advantage of a culture that your own culture is working to eliminate.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports The whole idea of buying a product made in Australia is that it should be made in Australia and not elsewhere. Imports rob the inhabitants of the country of their right to produce goods and earn a living. Aboriginal goods made by aboriginal people are the thing to have the money made from these goods can go back to the communities to help with education health and general well being of the indigenous people.
Maurice Dickson from Ireland I strongly disagree with imports I disagree because it takes work away from Aboriginal people and artists that keep it alive also it means poor quality products for cheep labor and bad representation for the art and instruments and a quick buck for those only interested in exactly that
Max from Peru I disagree with imports Partially because there are market rules that moves the world today. In that way not having regulation form the state (or having neo liberal states) can be a kind of symbolic violence to the inhabitants of the countries. Specially if there are ancient practices that are wanted to be kept. Like folklore manifestations such as arts and cultural practices. By the other hand a regulated importations could recognize the value of native arts and protect them of market challenging.
Michael Jones from USA I disagree with imports It is good in the sense that it helps out the Australian economy but at the same time it is very negative since it is taking away from the income of the Aboriginal people.
Michael from USA I strongly agree with imports It devalues genuine art and is dishonest.
Michael Stone from USA I disagree with imports My Uncle owns a tourist trap shop up in Alaska. He travels the USA during the winter and goes to Native American reservations and buys all of their trinkets and baskets and hand card pieces then he takes the up to AK and puts a label on them that says Made in Alaska. When confronted about this he says that there are not enough Alaska artist to fill his shop so he imports and then puts the Made in Alaska tag on it so that he "gives the customers what they are looking for." Are there enough native Didjes to go around?
Michael Taylor from USA I strongly disagree with imports It's disrespectful to the Aboriginal people to claim that these cheap copies are made by the Aboriginal people. Not to mention that it is the same as stealing money from them and I believe they've had enough stolen from them already much like the Native American Indians.
Michelle Brough from USA I strongly disagree with imports Imported (and fake) arts and crafts undermine the value and quality of genuine arts and crafts as well as dilute the market with products that do not convey the beauty cultural value and significance of genuine products.
Miguel from Spain I strongly disagree with imports They are stealing the few spiritual jobs of the aboriginal people sometimes the only way to live.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It degrades the aboriginal culture and it does not help the national economy
Murray Willett from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is raping the culture and identity of the real people.
Nathaniel from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Because it takes away a source of income from my people and cheapens Aboriginal art work!
Neil Gee from USA I strongly disagree with imports When something or someone masquerades itself as something or someone that it is not no respect need be given.
Nicholas Pottle from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports The aboriginal people need the money.
Nick from USA I strongly disagree with imports I think that if you are interest in getting Aboriginal art you should want to get the real thing rather than a crappy mass produced thing
Nolan from USA I strongly disagree with imports The import of cheap instruments is not good in the first place since they are of no use except to sit around. I also disagree with the import of goods that claim to be genuine aboriginal because it takes away from the instruments that are genuine and the people that make them to live off of.
Omar Khawaja from Pakistan I strongly disagree with imports I strongly disagree with imports of Aboriginal arts and crafts into Australia because 1. the cheap imports are nowhere as good as the real pieces of original Aboriginal arts and are just imitations. 2. It takes away a means of survival from the Aboriginal people it's a skill past on from one generation to the next. If cheap imitations are not stopped from entering Australia a major part of the Aboriginal culture would fade away.
Omar L. De La Tejera from Mexico I strongly disagree with imports It is important to let people know everyone's culture but it is better when the one whom tell the story is the one whom talk to you otherwise the story can be different.
Patrick Bodine from USA I strongly disagree with imports Imitation Aboriginal arts diminish and degrade the value and quality of true Aboriginal arts and crafts.
Anonymous from Germany I disagree with imports Should not be labelled as genuine if it isn't. Would be OK if clearly labelled where produced. Then people could choose.
Patrick from USA I disagree with imports If the ability is there to make and sell original regional crafts- then it is a shame that people will save a buck and buy cheap fakes.
Paul Hepker from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe that reproducing Aboriginal art and instruments and selling them as authentic is fraudulent. It is like patent or copyright infringement and should be treated as such. We have much to learn from Aboriginal and other native people worldwide and protecting their rights and supporting their culture is beneficial to all mankind. I don't have a problem with non-Aboriginals making didgeridoos. I do have a problem with them marketing them as authentic.
Paul Tyres from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports It is not right for the Aboriginals because it does not represent their culture or beliefs and it is not good for the tourists as it is fake goods.
Paul Van Heuklom from USA I disagree with imports It harms the economic well being and cultural identity of Aboriginal people. The only reason I didn't strongly disagree is that I also have to at least consider the economic value and rights of the global marketplace--even if I don't like it.
Peter Heidrich from Australia I strongly disagree with imports First of all aboriginal art is aboriginal only if it's made here in Australia and it's not a fair competition when importing cheap and most of the time bad quality goods from overseas. Aboriginal people need our financial support as much as our support to their culture. Unfortunately people in Australia care about money not about culture
Peter from South Africa I strongly disagree with imports Because they are copies
Peter from Sweden I strongly disagree with imports It is a fake and there should be a reserved brand to original aboriginal arts and crafts.
Peter from Belgium I strongly disagree with imports Het is nodig dat de cultuur van de Aboriginal blijft
Philip Hamilton from USA I disagree with imports I disagree with imports if they are taking jobs away from Arboriginal people in Australia.
Anonymous from Germany I strongly disagree with imports It isn't okay to copy Aboriginal arts and to sell it as Aboriginal arts. They only want to earn the money and don't think about the Aboriginal people. They use their deamtime paintings copy the dot painting and call it Aboriginal art. I don't think it's fair cos the Aboriginal people don't get any money and the companies in Asia earn lots of money. The tourists don't know if a didgeridoo or a boomerang in a shop is Aboriginal or "made in Asia" - they think that it looks nice it's cheap and it's Australian and so they buy it. And the real Aboriginal arts aren't bought cos their more expensive... After my gigs I'm often in contact with people who tell me that they have a didgeridoo that they brought from Australia. And if I ask them what it is made of they tell me: bamboo! And if I tell them that most bamboo didges are made in Indonesia and it isn't a real Aboriginal didge they look very confused. So my opinion is that it isn't okay to import cheap copied Aboriginal art from Asia cos it's unfair against the Aborigines and against the tourists.
Anonymous from France I strongly disagree with imports Its the same in most countries. many things today are erszatz made in china. bullshit killing local production and not authentic.
Piergiorgio from Italy I strongly disagree with imports People must fell see understand the true thinking....money will kill everything
Ralph from USA I strongly disagree with imports Because it hurts the native artists and is a scam for people who are interested in the real thing.
Randy from USA I disagree with imports I don't believe in protectionism but when it comes to important traditional art I believe it needs to be protected.
Randy from USA I strongly disagree with imports I view it as theft of intellectual cultural and artistic property.
Raul from USA I disagree with imports I believe that the original and authentic art will always speak for itself. As an artist myself I know nothing will ever replace a genuine Salvador Dali painting. Any recreations or copies simply won't due. The Aboriginal people from Australia should be encouraged to keep their culture alive in Australia.
Ravyn Nimchuk from USA I strongly disagree with imports By saying that the imports are "genuine" not only are they falsifying product but they are slapping the artists in face who work hard to produce what they love and even what they think is spiritual. It's morally wrong. It would be like the Vatican City importing priests from Japan.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Original art is important and should benefit those who make it. It helps to keep a culture alive. Cheap copies help only the importers.
Anonymous from Netherlands I strongly disagree with imports The aboriginal people should benefit from the sale of aboriginal art. Pieces sold as Aboriginal should be really come from aboriginals.
Rev. Chris Addotta from USA I strongly disagree with imports I am a person who wants justice for all people. I don't mind the industry in China Indonesia India and others. I just don't appreciate them when their products are used to cut into another countries livelihood. If one is to buy a piece of Aboriginal art the Aboriginal peoples should be the ones making the profit. Besides it's lying.
Ric from Canada I strongly disagree with imports Imports are false and insult Aboriginal dignity. religion and craftsmanship. The imports create a myth amongst all non Aboriginals about aboriginal arts and crafts
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports The people buying want real aboriginal art not copies and it is only fair to the people living there to make a living first
Anonymous I disagree with imports A. it's not authentic b. it takes away from the livelihood of actual Aboriginals
Richard from USA I strongly disagree with imports Local production/services are the lifeblood of any community. Any market share given up to the the import of goods and services reduce the ability of a local community to grow fiscally.
Rick from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Should be local content only!!!!! I would not want to buy some cheap import if I was buying what I thought was a genuine piece. Plus the finance should go back tom the local craftsmen and women.
Rick Stanley from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Indigenous art belongs to the people. Recently I have wondered how these imports cold even be allowed by the Aus. government. Has a trade agreement been made between Indigenous Aus. & the Chinese? Indigenous Australians are disadvantaged & need all our support there arts are there greatest asset and need our protection.
Rob from USA I strongly agree with imports I prefer genuine Aboriginal art rather than cheap imitations. Also provides jobs for Aboriginal people.
Rodrigo from Portugal I strongly disagree with imports I disagree because Australia should valorise genuine aboriginal art and not import it! Things made by real aboriginal people have much more interest and value than imported artifacts.
Ron from Canada I strongly disagree with imports I disagree because I believe the Aboriginal people should benefit from their cultural heritage. And authentic items are the 'real deal' and there is power in that.
Ron from USA I strongly disagree with imports Its not fair to the original artist and the quality is not the same. plus it exploits the workers.
Ron from USA I disagree with imports It dishonours the traditions.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I disagree but if it helps the economy I don't see why au should not import
Ruben from Italy I strongly disagree with imports Because aboriginal people lost an equal business and they should give more value to their arts and keep the original traditions.
Rushe from USA I disagree with imports For everything that has been done to the Aboriginal peoples protecting a source of income for them should be the least the government could do.
Anonymous I disagree with imports It is a degradation of something that was originally pure. These crafts are a unique part of their culture that is spiritually significant. Imports also take away opportunities to give this struggling population a means of livelihood.
Ryan from Canada I disagree with imports Keepin artifacts in there country is important
Sally Ann Bryant from USA I strongly disagree with imports Genuine Aboriginal Arts must be protected... Imports from other countries should be against a protective law.
Anonymous from Spain I strongly disagree with imports The aboriginal culture is at risk so protection is needed. Permitting imports of copies is against the intellectual legacy of the aboriginal culture; is permitting that tourists travel back their countries with lies on their paints instruments or any other craft. Those products should be marked as COPIES made in other countries.
Anonymous I agree with imports It helps the countries economy.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports Because they are fake and this is what hurts the art world all over the globe
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It robs them of a living
Scott from Canada I strongly disagree with imports These reproductions are highly dishonest and unethical. If something is billed as an Aboriginal Art or Craft then it should be produced by an Aboriginal person and its sale should benefit the Aboriginal community.
Sergio from Italy I strongly disagree with imports We have to protect tradition of Aboriginal arts and crafts
Sergio from Colombia I strongly disagree with imports Because that way aboriginal people will not be benefit from that income... only large dealers and importers..
Anonymous I disagree with imports Seems dishonest and is taking the opportunity away from australians
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is fake crap.
Sharon Pick from Australia I strongly disagree with imports For me the misappropriation of art and culture erodes the essence of spirit; for both the creator and seeker of authentic art/craft. With such a wonderful rich and unique indigenous culture we have here in australia beats me why governments do not assist the protection of authenticity with more vigour. It is plainly fraudulent behaviour to pass off copies as been authentic.
Shawn from USA I disagree with imports I disagree with making the claim that the item is "Aboriginal" if it isn't. Being dishonest to make a profit is despicable. If everyone had proper ethics or even a conscience the world would be a better place.
Simon from United Kingdom I disagree with imports Things should be genuine.
Spencer from New Zealand I strongly disagree with imports The culture and art of the Aboriginal people is totally endemic to Australia and all other copies of Aboriginal arts and crafts from other countries can only rob the indigenous crafts people of their rich aboriginal heritage
Stacey Mcgaughey from New Zealand I strongly disagree with imports Holding the language the music the history is what holds a nation. Floods of fake elements dilute it.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It is arts that Aboriginal people do and can sell if they want. Australia handicap them.
Anonymous from Austria I strongly disagree with imports Every culture has its origins and every culture and its art should be respected.
Stefan from Germany I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal art & crafts should remain "Appellation d’'Origine Contrôlée" (AOC)!!
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It takes money away from the local artists who are using their hard work and learned crafts to make quality objects.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports False advertising. and it hurts the aboriginal people
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It is cultural genocide
Anonymous I disagree with imports I disagree if advertising does not disclose these as copies.
Stew from USA I strongly agree with imports The Aboriginal people are the custodians of their culture. It is not right that their culture be sold out by non-Aboriginal sweatshops making articles just for a little profit.
Susan from USA I disagree with imports When you have the opportunity for REAL aboriginal arts and crafts why would you want fake imported stuff? Makes no sense at all.
Tamás Papp from Hungary I disagree with imports If something traditional in a country it had to be stay traditional for the future. It is the same in Europe we made laws to protect our specialties for example in my country (Hungary) we have traditional foods animals professionals etc. We protect them by the laws of the European Union.
Taylor from USA I strongly disagree with imports Aboriginal arts and crafts should only be made by aboriginal nations and people. They should not be something that you just get but research and learn the ways of aboriginal people
Tero from Finland I strongly disagree with imports The cheap and often low-quality imports undermine drastically the chances of aboriginal artists to survive on the market and ultimately will kill the culture they are leeching on. When my brother was an exchange student in AU a few years ago I asked him to bring souvenirs but made it especially clear to him to buy straight from the artist who made the product - that would benefit the artist most directly and help the culture that produced these artifacts to survive. Luckily he understood what I meant and did exactly that:)
Terry from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is deceitful to offer a copy as an original
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports It's making a cultural heritage that has bona fide meaning into a tourist novelty which disrespects aboriginal culture. It also makes aborigine's attempts to make a living through there traditional crafts more difficult. Europeans came and robbed them of their country and turning their culture into a Chinese made mockery adds insult to injury.
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports I think that importing Aboriginal arts is taking away the resources and culture of Aboriginal people of which they are are the rightful owner.
Thomas Garcia from USA I strongly disagree with imports It cheapens your national heritage to sell imported goods as authentic. Plus it's taking away economic support from a people who need it.
Thomas from USA I strongly disagree with imports The importing of any goods that are native to the area for mere profit are never good. And being passed off as genuine Aboriginal is just wrong.
Tiago from Portugal I disagree with imports I disagree with importing aboriginal arts and crafts because Aboriginals face higher difficulties in attaining and keeping a job and even more because working with what is their art crafts and tradition could help keep the Aboriginal way of living.
Tiago from Portugal I strongly disagree with imports For the same reason I would not buy a CD from a guy claiming to have written the music when in reality the music was mine.
Tim from Australia I strongly disagree with imports We should support the local people making a much better product this will help aboriginal communities
Tim from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Firstly this is very dishonest secondly this dilutes and shows lack of respect for true aboriginal culture and public awareness and perception of it. Thirdly it potentially prevents Australian aborigines from making a living by manufacturing genuine local arts and crafts.
Tim from USA I strongly disagree with imports The indigenous community should have exclusive rights to the artifacts of their culture.
Tina from Australia I strongly disagree with imports Imports are obviously NOT Australian Aboriginal arts and crafts!
Anonymous I strongly disagree with imports Because we need to fully support the traditional Aboriginal owners and custodians of the didgeridoo and help promote quality authentic instruments which are made in remote Aboriginal communities. Mass produced didgeridoos aren't sustainable they cut down Eucalyptus trees which are not termite eaten. Aboriginal art is under threat and we need to keep the culture and history going
Tom from United Kingdom I strongly disagree with imports Why import when the real thing is there to be celebrated? If you are promoting or just enlightening people about a culture then the least you can do is support the culture by being true to it. Offering a fake isn't helping anyone in the long term!
Tom from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is a massive insult to the Aboriginal people.
Tomasz Jarmolkiewicz from Poland I strongly disagree with imports It kills figuratively and literally genuine Aboriginal artists and the Aboriginal culture itself.
Tommi from Finland I disagree with imports I think original Didgeridoo is one #1 made in Australia #2 made on termite carved eucalyptus #3 made by an Australian Aborigine - that's why I disagree.
Tonia Pinheiro from USA I strongly disagree with imports I disagree with importing Aboriginal art when local artists are readily available. It is particularly heinous when imports are sold as authentic. Native American art suffers the same whether imported or made by non-native artists.
Tony from USA I strongly disagree with imports I disagree when indigenous peoples of any nation are taken advantage of and deprived of their culture. Especially for profit...
Travis from USA I strongly disagree with imports I believe that if something is being sold as "Aboriginal" then it should be made my local Aboriginals even if the price would be higher.
Tyson from Australia I strongly disagree with imports It is stealing from the cultural owners of the arts and crafts. With Australia's current 17yr life expectancy gap mainly due to socioeconomic and environmental factors it is appalling that someone would willingly take employment opportunities away from this disadvantaged group of Australian. Thus I STRONGLY STRONGLY disagree with imports.
Vince from USA I strongly disagree with imports First it's deceptive second it's undermining to the people who can and do make the authentic items.
Anonymous I disagree with imports The economy might strongly need Some imports to complement the tourist trade which is very strong. There should not be a case of Asian art being past off as authentic aboriginal art and craft. The heavy one-sided trade that America has with China and Asia should be seen as a white flag to other Nations as a deterrent.
William from USA I strongly disagree with imports Disagree: local artists should be supported and encouraged; local culture should be respected and shared.
William from USA I disagree with imports Cheap imports discourage fair trade and make it harder to make a living.
Anonymous from USA I strongly disagree with imports It is simply unethical and a very unfair practice.
Zach from USA I disagree with imports These people should not be undermined.

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