I think many people across the globe are familiar with the idea that Tasmanian Aborigines became extinct in the 19th century.
Many have heard the story of Truganini, the supposed last "full-blood" Aborigine who died in 1876, and the failed missionary project on the Flinders
However, since the 1970s there has been a resurgence of mixed Aboriginal people in Tasmania, and their cultures.
This has all not been uncontroversial, as tribal disputes became apparent, and some reactionary forces within white Australia became reluctant to
believe that a "black war" or genocide against the Aborigines ever happened.
I can't comment on that, and perhaps other members can tell me more.
Nevertheless, this documentary has some great visuals and information on the Tasmanian Aborigines.
Clearly the British knew they were a rare and unique people, and there was an almost ironic charge to preserve their stigmatized and "othered" body
parts in museums, even as the bulk of the population was exterminated within about 30 years.
edit on 9-5-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)
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