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Cobourg Peninsula Aboriginal country

An inlet of water which captures the golden reflection of the nearby sandstone-like platform and surrounding trees.
Cobourg Peninsula Aboriginal country

This knowledge is still here

Carol Christophersen, Muran, 2014:

People today can look at those objects and say I know those objects, I know how they are made, I remember my grandmother showed me, I remember that material, I know how to find it, I know what tree it is, I know where that tree is – and that’s a very powerful message in that this knowledge is still here ... It’s not forgotten.

The first peoples of the Cobourg Peninsula, west Arnhem Land, have lived and thrived for millennia in their country of beaches, wetlands, grassland and forest. In the early 19th century they witnessed two unsuccessful attempts to establish a British colony in northern Australia: at Fort Wellington, which lasted only two years, and at Port Essington, which failed in 1849 after 11 years.

Don Christophersen, Muran, 2014:

1840s – it doesn’t seem like long ago but people’s world changed considerably once they met the first British that came here, and their world would change, their lives would change.

New objects

A rectangular shaped basket with a handle made of natural fibres. The handle has other natural fibres beige in colour wound around it.
Large palm-leaf basket by Ningoldie Blyth
Colour photo of Marcus Dempsey and Ningoldie Blyth. - click to view larger image
Marcus Dempsey, Ulbu, and Ningoldie Blyth, Minaga elder

Marcus Dempsey, Ulbu, 2014:

That [palm-leaf basket] was from the 1800s. Now, in the new millennium, Nana is showing me how to make [a new one]. I love helping Nana because she is the last one for us ... I’m proud of her teaching me, so I can teach my mob.

Don Christophersen, Muran, 2013:

Today we are lucky we are getting this material back to look at, but you have to listen to both versions, the Indigenous version of our history and the non-Indigenous version. They are both telling the truth but they are not the same story.
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