Indigenous Intermediaries

Indigenous Intermediaries

New perspectives on exploration archives

Edited by: Shino Konishi, Maria Nugent orcid, Tiffany Shellam orcid

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This edited collection understands exploration as a collective effort and experience involving a variety of people in diverse kinds of relationships. It engages with the recent resurgence of interest in the history of exploration by focusing on the various indigenous intermediaries – Jacky Jacky, Bungaree, Moowattin, Tupaia, Mai, Cheealthluc and lesser-known individuals – who were the guides, translators, and hosts that assisted and facilitated European travellers in exploring different parts of the world.

These intermediaries are rarely the authors of exploration narratives, or the main focus within exploration archives. Nonetheless the archives of exploration contain imprints of their presence, experience and contributions. The chapters present a range of ways of reading archives to bring them to the fore. The contributors ask new questions of existing materials, suggest new interpretive approaches, and present innovative ways to enhance sources so as to generate new stories.

This is a very fine collection of essays. It offers a deep and richly textured assessment of the crucial work of indigenous intermediaries in imperial and colonial exploration.
— Professor Tony Ballantyne, University of Otago, New Zealand


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Sep 2015
ANU Press
Aboriginal History Monographs
Aboriginal History
Arts & Humanities: Biography & Autobiography, History; Social Sciences: Indigenous Studies

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  1. Exploration archives and indigenous histories: An introduction (PDF, 107KB) – Shino Konishi, Maria Nugent and Tiffany Shellam doi
  2. Intermediaries and the archive of exploration (PDF, 415KB) – Felix Driver doi
  3. Explorer memory and Aboriginal celebrity (PDF, 1.7MB) – Catherine Bishop and Richard White doi
  4. Jacky Jacky and the politics of Aboriginal testimony (PDF, 149KB) – Maria Nugent doi
  5. Mediating encounters through bodies and talk (PDF, 321KB) – Tiffany Shellam doi
  6. Agency, affect, and local knowledge in the exploration of Oceania (PDF, 1.3MB) – Bronwen Douglas doi
  7. Cross-cultural knowledge exchange in the age of the Enlightenment (PDF, 138KB) – John Gascoigne doi
  8. British–Tahitian collaborative drawing strategies on Cook’s Endeavour voyage (PDF, 573KB) – Harriet Parsons doi
  9. Encounters and the photographic record in British New Guinea (PDF, 637KB) – Antje Lübcke doi
  10. Noongar and non-Aboriginal people going along together (Ngulla wangkiny, ni, katitjin Noongar nyidyung koorliny, kura, yeye, boorda) (PDF, 158KB) – Len Collard and Dave Palmer doi

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