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Busting Myths and Misconceptions: The Tasmanian Aborigines


Taylor, R, Busting Myths and Misconceptions: The Tasmanian Aborigines, Myths and Misconceptions Public Lecture Series, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne (2009) [Keynote Presentation]

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One of the best known myths about the Tasmanian Aboriginal people was that they became extinct in 1876. That they survived with a vibrant culture has, with some stubborn exceptions, been steadily recognised since the late 1970s. But another myth has persisted: that the Tasmanian Aborigines were one of the most primitive peoples on earth, unable even to kindle an original fire. In this article historian AUTHOR 1 and Tasmanian First Nation elder and writer AUTHOR 2 explore how and why these myths evolved and were maintained for so long. Their exploration takes them into the histories of Tasmania and of scientific ideas about the Tasmanian Aboriginal people from mid-nineteenth century evolutionary anthropology to early 21st century biogenetics.

Item Details

Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:Tasmania History Aboriginal extinction survival
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Taylor, R (Dr Rebe Taylor)
ID Code:135949
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-11-22
Last Modified:2021-02-18

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