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Shaking hands on the fringe : negotiating the Aboriginal world at King George's Sound

Shellam, Tiffany 2009, Shaking hands on the fringe : negotiating the Aboriginal world at King George's Sound, UWA Press, Crawley, W.A..

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Title Shaking hands on the fringe : negotiating the Aboriginal world at King George's Sound
Author(s) Shellam, TiffanyORCID iD for Shellam, Tiffany orcid.org/0000-0001-8521-7564
Publication date 2009
Total pages xii, 267 p.
Publisher UWA Press
Place of Publication Crawley, W.A.
Summary In 1826 the British set up a garrison on the edges of an Aboriginal world at King George’s Sound, the site of present day Albany, Western Australia, with the aim of deterring the French from occupying the area.

The British newcomers and the area’s Indigenous inhabitants, the King Ya-nup, came to share a small space, forcing both cultures to adapt in order to communicate and interact with one another. Within this sphere associations and friendships were formed that were as surprising as they were unique.

This ethnographic history narrates several intimate cross-cultural stories of the developing relationships between British and Aboriginal individuals at King George’s Sound. The episodes recounted go beyond the common ‘friendly’ or ‘violent’ encounters, unearthing instead how and why particular King Ya-nup engaged with the British world, utilising the new presence to seeming advantage.

Shaking Hands on the Fringe presents innovative history writing and beautifully crafted prose in the tradition of Greg Dening and other writers of ethnographic history.

Despite the limited scope of the subject, the first two points liberate this book into a national (and international) interest: it is not a local book.
ISBN 9781921401268
Language eng
Field of Research 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
Copyright notice ©2009, UWA Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022920

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