Bookshelf: Indigenous Intermediaries
Indigenous Intermediaries leads us to discover and recognise the vital contribution that Indigenous people provided in imperial and colonial exploration.
This fascinating and deeply engaging collection of edited essays explores and depicts a more representative history of exploration than what has been conventionally reported.
The recent resurgence of interest in the history of exploration has allowed contributors to gain new insights on the history of various Indigenous intermediaries – focusing on Jacky Jacky, Bungaree, Moowattin, Tupaia, Mai, Cheealthluc and lesser-known individuals – who were the guides, translators and hosts that assisted and facilitated European travellers in exploring different parts of the world.
These essays are primarily concerned with how we can recover these 'hidden histories' from the archives, how we can interpret these fragmentary histories and how such histories of Indigenous intermediaries can serve new purpose in the present.
Indigenous Intermediaries is edited by Shino Konishi, Maria Nugent and Tiffany Shellam.