November 2016


First Contact 1770: The Story of the Gweagal Shield

Donnerstag 10.11.2016 20:00 (Einlass 19:00) | Club

Eintritt: 6€ / 4€

Veranstalter/-in: TU Berlin Institut f. Kulturwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik


First Contact 1770: The Story of the Gweagal Shield

An Aboriginal perspective on the colonial history of Australia

On April the 29th 1770, the warrior Cooman, was shot in the leg by James Cook at Kamay, now known as Botany Bay, the place where the British first set foot in the land now known as Australia. As they fled from the shooting, Cooman and another man from the Gweagal clan of the Dharawal people dropped the shield and spears they were carrying, which Cook picked up and brought back to England. Now the Gweagal want them back!

Hear first hand, the oral history of this event that has been passed down through the Gweagal clan for the past 246 years. Rodney Kelly is the sixth time great grandson of the warrior Cooman and custodian of this story of first contact. Hear Rodney Kelly talk about why he is travelling to the UK to return the artefacts of his ancestors from the British Museum to the Gweagal clan from the Dharawal tribe in Sydney to form the centrepiece of an Aboriginal Living Cultural Heritage Museum.

Also speaking will be Vincent Forrester, Luritja and Aranda elder from Uluru, and Roxley Foley, a Gumbaynggirr man from Nambucca Heads and custodian of the Sacred Fire at Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Vincent Forrester will tell stories from the dreamtime and speak about Australia before 1770, while Roxley Foley will talk about the issues affecting modern Indigenous Australia such as reconciliation, assimilation, constitutional recognition and deaths in custody.

The stories will be underlined with pictures and video material as well as sounds of the didgeridoo.

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