This professional update symposium will examine the history and heritage of the Macassan trepangers who made the long and sometimes dangerous journey from the port city of Makassar in southern Sulawesi to the northern Australia Arnhem Land and the Kimberley coasts. These voyages date back to at least 1700s and there is new evidence to suggest that the Macassan sailing vessels were visiting northern Australia even earlier.
This event will review inter-disciplinary perspectives on the maritime journeys of the Macassans, as well as their encounters with Indigenous communities in the north. The ongoing impact and significance of these connections in the spheres of language, society and culture will be addressed. This professional update symposium provides an opportunity for people working in government, cultural institutions and academia to hear from leader experts about the current state of knowledge on this fascinating topic.
A flyer describing the symposium and containing the program is available here:
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