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Tyereelore and Straitsmen : the true story of Tasmanian Aboriginal survival


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Cameron, P 2021 , 'Tyereelore and Straitsmen : the true story of Tasmanian Aboriginal survival' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 155, no. 1 , pp. 9-18 , doi:

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Much has been written, theorised and assumed about Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples and histories, but few representations of their life and culture have been recorded by the subjects themselves. This paper reiterates and expands on the conclusions drawn in previous work that tells the little-known history of the genesis of Tasmania’s contemporary Aboriginal communities. The lifeworld and identity of the unique cultural group formed by the Straitsmen and their female Aboriginal partners, the Tyereelore, on the small islands of eastern Bass Strait, has remained virtually undisclosed in colonial narratives. They were entrepreneurs and shrewd traders of the surplus from the sea and land and in partnership they thrived despite the harsh environment and their precarious position in the socio-economic landscape. Against all odds, their joint skillsets, adaptability and resilience ensured the survival of their descendants today.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cameron, P
Keywords: Straitsmen, Tyereelore, Tasmanian Aboriginal history, Bass Strait islands, George Augustus Robinson
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
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