Tuesday, April 9, 2013

An old time tribal battle

I am interested in the outcome of this debate because of research I have done over the past few years into the Aboriginal heritage of the ACT. It will confirm research or put it in disarray… officially.

Who are the traditional owners of Canberra? I suppose it is the elephant in the room that everyone ignores.  In a nutshell, as far as I can work out, the Ngunnawal are the acknowledged owners based on Tindal's language group mapping. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Tindale But two other groups dispute this.

The Ngambri from here http://ngambri.org/statement.php 
and the Ngarigu of the Monaro. http://www.ngarigu.com.au/

Recent FOI has discovered a recent in-confidence report by Anthropologist Dr. Natalie Kwok that failed to resolve the issue… Canberra Times article.

An old time tribal battle between the Monaro tribe & Piallago tribe. Recounted in 1919 by a man with memories of tribal battles in the 1830’s

Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer (NSW : 1915 - 1927), Friday 21 March 1919