Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago

Author(s): Tiffany Shellam


This book explores the experiences of Indigenous Australians who participated in Australian exploration enterprises in the early nineteenth century. These Indigenous travellers, often referred to as ‘guide’s’, ‘native aides’, or ‘intermediaries’ have already been cast in a variety of ways by historians: earlier historiographies represented them as passive side-players in European heroic efforts of Discovery, while scholarship in the 1980s, led by Henry Reynolds, re-cast these individuals as ‘black pioneers’. Historians now acknowledge that Aborigines ‘provided information about the customs and languages of contiguous tribes, and acted as diplomats and couriers arranging in advance for the safe passage of European parties’.


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General Fields

  • : 9781760801137
  • : UWA Publishing
  • : UWAP
  • : December 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tiffany Shellam
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 271