CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN INDIGENOUS ARTISTS: WIRADJURIS IN CENTRAL WEST NSW AND SAGADANS IN NORTHERN PHILIPPINES – TAASA Review June 2017
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This article was originally found in the June 2017 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 16).
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Ruben Allas A boriginal people and indigenous Filipinos have been in contact long before the English colonisation of Australia and parts of Southeast Asia.
Since the 1600s sea gypsies' from Southeast Asia and China had been trading items such as sandalwood, sea cucumbers and tortoise shells with the Yolngu people in northern Australia (Berndt 2005).
These contacts left indelible marks on Aboriginal language (egrupiah’ for money), flora (introduction of tamarind tree), and Arnhem rock art (drawing of Malay prau) in northern Australia, and had reached Western Australia, including Broome (Berndt & Berndt 1954: 34)...