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 Lia Pootah people have continuous unbroken ties to Trowerner (now called Tasmania) the land of our ancestors, including continuous unbroken Totemic and Dreamtime ties to the land of their birth.  Our history flows unbroken from the present to beyond the beginning time, when our Storytellers tell us the sun was born.  To the archaeologist it is a predetermined time span of 30,000 years to fit into their theories of who we are.  To us, who have always been here, it is forever.  Our community members follow the now urbanized traditional ancestral patterns of the past.  These traditions have been preserved within individual family groups, rather than the large Kinship Groups of the past.  Our grannies integrated and assimilated into the broader nineteenth century community that was the birth modern Tasmania.  They retained their cultural heritage in shame and fear, passing it down to us in secret.

 The Lia Pootah Community are descendants of Tasmanian Aboriginal women from a variety of Kinship Groups, mistakenly called tribes, and European men both free, military and convict who arrived at Van Dieman's Land from 1803.  Our community is representative of almost every past Kinship Group, and today is significantly represented by two main groups the people of the Waddamanna or big rivers, commonly called “the Big River Tribe and those of the Huon”.  Our cultural heritage defines these ancestral Kinship Groups as Teen Toomele Menennye (Big River) and Tahune Linah (Huon) respectively.  Some are descended from those found at Bruny Island and the Toogee of Tasmania’s West Coast.  Other community members are descended from women whose ancestral Kinship ties are unknown but the descendants know their grannies came from areas like the East Coast, and Central Highland areas

 Over the last decade the Lia Pootah history has been deliberately woven into the myth of Governor Arthur’s “Black War” and G A Robinson’s “round-up” by academic papers and books.  Unfortunately this lack of historical inaccuracy has been encouraged by the biased research into the modern Tasmanian Aboriginal people.  Modern academic historians have elaborated the theme of total removal from the mainland of Tasmania until a distinctive fabrication has developed.  Historians have gone into print claiming Lia Pootah are from “a supposed lost tribe”.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

 This type of claim has marginalised our history.  The nineteenth century historian wrote a politically sanctioned history of Tasmania, which only referred to the European “settled” areas, reiterating the round-up and removal to Flinders Island of the captured Aboriginal Ancestors.  This is despite evidence within the Colonial Secretaries papers discussing “wild blacks” and the fear in the colony in 1847 when they were returning those at Wybalenna to Oyster Cove, would “join up with them and start the troubles again”  To achieve these ends a political solution of count down to extinction was devised.

 Possibly the most significant event ignored by modern historical writers is that only “full bloods” associated with “settlement” areas were subjected to removal from towns.  These orders ignored those “full bloods” living on isolated properties or who were recorded as living free until 1853 and beyond.  Governor Arthur’s orders of removal also ignored the inclusion of the numerous “half cast children” living the settled areas, the result of cross-racial unions.  The present biased inaccurate history has developed by writing micro accounts of Tasmania’s history rather than a broad overview.  If a proper historical geographical accounting is attempted then the ludicrous assumptions of complete removal of the Tasmanian Aboriginal become apparent.  Robinson walked along the coastline and not inland as to a large degree it was impenetrable bush that was not surveyed until the latter parts of the nineteenth century.  Only the narrow margin of “settled” land between Launceston and Hobart including small isolated European community whaling or farming groups and townships were part of his round-up.

 The historical truth about the Tasmanian Aboriginal is quite different to that currently available within historical accounts.  Historians allow it to be presumed that the entire landmass of Tasmanian was “settled from almost the beginning, and that the “Black Line” went across Tasmania, from coast to coast, forcing the Aboriginal population towards the southeastern Forestier Peninsular.  Geographically 80% of Tasmania was “unexplored” or “settled” until the 1870s, 1890s and later, this documented evidence shows a different scenario.  As does the fact that until 1852 Huonville did not exist because it was still impenetrable bush, even from the water.  Mistakes in history come about when writers either a university trained historian, or amateur historian, archaeologist or anthropologist publishes a partial history of the Tasmanian Aboriginal. The documentation of our Lia Pootah history is there for all to see. 

 The Palawa is constantly telling the world at large that we are white and only pretending to be Aboriginal.  That the Palawa want this to be the truth does not make it a fact.  Even by denying Lia Pootah people the right to vote in elections, access services set up for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and forcing ignorant white bureaucrats to initiate policies that exclude us will not stop us being who we are.

 Palawa enforcement of racist discriminatory polices along the lines of Neo Nazi fanaticism will never remove who we are.  This situation is allowed to exist by the Tasmanian Government and Councils despite the fact that we have validated our heritage by using the documentary evidence through the courts.  Some of our community has been through the courts twice, or three times.  We have one member who has had their Aboriginality verified at a ministerial level.  Other members have Aboriginal passports which are now not accepted. We all have a multitude of paper proclaiming our Aboriginal heritage that is recognised in every state in Australia but not in Tasmania the land of our birth.

Lia Pootah, made helpless by Palawa lies, watch as Palawa are given control of our ancestral land, determine who can access it and create friction and hatred between the Aboriginal people and the broader community.





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