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(Dis)regarding the Savages: terra nullius in Tasmanian colonial art
Lehman, G, (Dis)regarding the Savages: terra nullius in Tasmanian colonial art, Colonialism and its Narratives: rethinking the colonial archive in Australia conference, 10-11 December 2018, Mebourne, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]
Official URL: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/e/colonialism-and-its-...
The idea of ‘European vision’ and its influence on the perception of native peoples in the South Pacific was established by the great Australian art historian Bernard Smith. Central to Smith’s analysis is the concept of the Noble Savage. This paper briefly explores some origins of the idea of Noble Savagery and argues that particular iterations of the trope became central to the visual representation of Tasmanian Aborigines in ethnographic and colonial art. In what was perhaps the ultimate disregard of Tasmanian Aboriginal people in the process of British colonisation, early depictions of Van Diemen’s Land almost completely excised Aboriginal presence from the landscape, presaging a campaign of extermination and exile by picturing an empty land decades before administrative measures were taken to physically remove the First Tasmanians from their country.
|Item Type:||Conference Extract|
|Research Division:||Indigenous Studies|
|Research Group:||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community|
|Research Field:||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology|
|Objective Division:||Culture and Society|
|Objective Group:||Understanding past societies|
|Objective Field:||Understanding Australia's past|
|UTAS Author:||Lehman, G (Professor Gregory Lehman)|
|Deposited By:||Aboriginal Engagement|
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