Monday, October 11, 2010

Arnhem expedition 1948 - primitive white tribes stumble upon Native Australian First Nation culture

In 1948 the Australian journalist and travel writer Colin Simpson went on an extraordinary excursion into Arnhem Land to record many of the people and places around the Oenpelli region.

In 1948 Charles P Mountford led the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land ('the Expedition'). One of the largest and most comprehensive scientific expeditions ever undertaken in Australia, the party spent eight months in the field with camps at Umbakumba (Groote Eylandt), Yirrkala and Oenpelli. The 17 party members came from organisations across Australia and the United States and covered a range of disciplines in the fields of medicine, nutrition, ethnology and natural history.

Barks, Birds and Billabongs: legacy of the 1948 American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land.

The American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land is often described as the 'last of the big expeditions'. Despite the hype (and there was plenty of that), exploration at least in the terrestrial sense was not its purpose. Rather, it was the frontier of knowledge that members of the Expedition hoped to penetrate. This involved co-ordinated study of both the natural environment and its Aboriginal inhabitants

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