Intermediaries, Servants, or Captives : Disentangling Indigenous labour in D. W. Carnegie’s exploration of the Western Australian desert

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Konishi, Shino. (2019). Intermediaries, Servants, or Captives : Disentangling Indigenous labour in D. W. Carnegie’s exploration of the Western Australian desert. In Labour Lines and Colonial Power: Indigenous and Pacific Islander Labour Mobility in Australia pp. 27-56 ANU Press. https://doi.org/10.22459/LLCP.2019
AuthorsKonishi, Shino
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In the late fifteenth century, Christopher Columbus kidnapped Caribbean people to train and use them as translators who could inform him about potential dangers and desirable commodities. The Dutch East India Company in the early seventeenth century instructed their captains to capture Indigenous peoples whenever possible for the same purpose.
Then, in the late eighteenth century maritime explorers like James Cook and Matthew Flinders, on occasion, kidnapped Islander and Aboriginal people in the Pacific and Australia as punishment for perceived thefts, and as a means of asserting their authority over seemingly recalcitrant native peoples. Thus, for centuries European explorers felt at liberty to capture Indigenous individuals as a strategy for discovering information about local environments and polities, as well as for enforcing discipline and control.

KeywordsAboriginal History; Social Sciences; Anthropology; Indigenous Studies
Page range27-56
Year01 Jan 2019
Book titleLabour Lines and Colonial Power: Indigenous and Pacific Islander Labour Mobility in Australia
PublisherANU Press
Place of publicationAustralia
ISBN9781760463069
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.22459/LLCP.2019
Web address (URL)https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/series/aboriginal-history/labour-lines-and-colonial-power
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