Aboriginal epistemologies and interpretations of art and place: On the Blue Tier, northeast Tasmania

Piotrowski, Silas and Ross, Anne (2011) Aboriginal epistemologies and interpretations of art and place: On the Blue Tier, northeast Tasmania. Australian Archaeology, 73 : 34-41.

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Author Piotrowski, Silas
Ross, Anne
Title Aboriginal epistemologies and interpretations of art and place: On the Blue Tier, northeast Tasmania
Journal name Australian Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-2417
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 73
Start page 34
End page 41
Total pages 8
Place of publication Monash, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract Recent disputes between archaeologists and land managers over the authenticity and heritage value of ‘petroglyphs’ on the Blue Tier in northeast Tasmania have focused on the ‘authorship’ of the rock markings. For Aboriginal traditional owners of the Tier the authorship of the marks is indisputable – they were made by ancestral beings and are therefore neither anthropogenic nor natural. However, accepting such explanations confronts the management context for the rock markings and may even challenge the very Aboriginality of the people claiming a connection to these ‘relics’. In this paper we demonstrate that meanings in place are important signifiers of cultural significance, but legislation rarely recognises such assertions of connection. In Tasmania the consequences of this gap between legislative protection and Aboriginal connection are profound, and challenge people’s very identity as Aboriginal.
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