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By Ravi De Costa

This significant e-book recovers the lengthy culture of indigenous transnationalism – touch with exterior humans, associations, rules – all through Australia’s background from ahead of white cost to the current.

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4 But crucial to the rise of evangelical humanitarianism in the 19th century was a passion to end the abhorrence of slavery and to realise an ‘empire of good’. In the evangelical vision, ‘a reformed and revitalized Christian Britain could offer leadership to the globe’. 6 Widespread support for humanitarian ideas was promoted through a growing network of printed publications such as The Church Missionary Recorder, The Missionary Register and The Baptist Recorder. They stoked a prurient fascination in the ‘barbarism’ of other peoples, with tales of cannibalism, depraved sexuality and general savagery.

81 In 1999 in Darwin, Yolngu people staged a play that honoured the connections between the north Australian coast and South-East Asia. Trepang required extensive negotiation with the owners of the cultural materials involved, including the songs and stories telling the history of the contacts between peoples. In the performance, the Yolngu insisted that the performers themselves have the kinship connections that were forged between the peoples during the trepang years. 82 Encounters between Yolngu and Macassans did involve conflicts, but are remembered much more for the benign and productive relations that emerged.

86 Indigenous peoples were not the static, parochial isolates of our public discourse, but lived a life intimately aware of the connections with others that had been made by the agents of creation. These were structured into the social networks they formed along the blended edges of their countries and were visible in the paths that people took as they travelled. Some territories were open to people in need when rituals of acknowledgment had been performed. Economic life involved indigenous peoples in a trade conducted across vast distances by pedestrians who invested great significance in the goods they carried.

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