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By Larissa Behrendt

A important Aboriginal viewpoint on colonial storytelling Indigenous attorney and author Larissa Behrendt has lengthy been occupied with the tale of Eliza Fraser, who used to be purportedly captured through the neighborhood Butchulla humans after she was once shipwrecked on their island in 1836. during this deeply own booklet, Behrendt makes use of Eliza’s story as a kick off point to interrogate how Aboriginal humans – and indigenous humans of different international locations – were portrayed of their colonizers’ tales. bringing up works as diversified as Robinson Crusoe and Coonardoo, she explores the tropes in those debts, comparable to the meant promiscuity of Aboriginal girls, the Europeans’ fixation on cannibalism, and the parable of the noble savage. eventually, Behrendt indicates how those tales not just replicate the values in their storytellers but in addition strengthen these values – which in Australia ended in the dispossession of Aboriginal humans and the legislation enforced opposed to them.

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