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Tasmanian Aboriginal country
Flinders Island, Tasmania
Tasmanian Aborigines continue to celebrate their culture and spirituality, despite the actions of British colonial authorities who exiled many of their people, including leader Mannalagenna, to Flinders Island.
Match the pictures to the quotes
What do you know about Flinders Island?
Reflect on a broken promise
Watch this video where Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder Aunty Patsy Cameron says: ‘On the boat taking him away, Mannalargenna paced the deck like an emperor … looking through his spyglass at his country for the last time ... Within five weeks he was dead.’
Activity: Are there aspects of this story that you find disturbing or surprising? Make a note of one new thing you learn and one question you have. Share these responses with your class.
Activity: Have a class discussion about a body of knowledge or skill that has been passed down to you, inspired by this quote from Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder Leonie Dickson, 2014:
My descendants will say … my great, great, great, great, grandmother – she made this basket … A Tasmanian Aboriginal woman made this … So many years down the track we’re still going to be recognised.
What is the body of knowledge or skill? How did you learn it? How would you teach it to someone else?
Activity: Learn about the tayenebe project on the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery website and discuss why you think it is important for Tasmanian Aboriginal women to rediscover and connect with their cultural heritage. There is also a tayenebe education resource (PDF 2.19mb).