Pygmies in Australia....

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Pygmies in Australia....

#1  Postby Macdoc » Jan 14, 2017 8:41 am

SInce I'm living right in the area and have been to Yarrabah on the mcycle this really caught my eye.

KEITH WINDSCHUTTLE AND TIM GILLIN

The extinction of the Australian pygmies

From the 1940s until the 1960s, it was fairly widely known there were pygmies in Australia. They lived in North Queensland and had come in from the wild of the tropical rainforests to live on missions in the region.


https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/history ... n-pygmies/

and another more recent article

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/archive ... 98c395d7cb

Something else that caught my eye was the hut that can be discerned behind the Cairns photo.

Maybe huts are the same the world over but ....
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versus pygmies in central Africa
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seriously raging controversy all tied up in Aborginal politics....the Quadrant article is a really good tho long read.

the underdogs seem to be gaining ground thanks to new technology

looks like homogenous is losing ground One of the major mtDNA studies was done in 1989 on the populations of the Pacific region. It was made by two of the leading pioneers of DNA research, Mark Stoneking and Allan Wilson, then of the University of California, Berkeley, who were the authors of the now famous study that found our oldest modern human ancestor, the 200,000 year-old African woman, “Mitochondrial Eve”. Their Pacific study included data from 21 Aboriginal Australians from four regions: Alice Springs, Darwin, Perth and the Broome-Derby area. It found that mtDNA types were not shared between different regions of Australia and that the distribution of mtDNA types in Australia was diverse, just like on other continents. The most likely explanation, Stoneking and Wilson argued, was that “the populations that colonized each continent (including Australia) consisted of more than one mtDNA type.” In other words, the Aboriginal population was not homogenous.

In fact, Stoneking and Wilson said their work showed that at least 15 different mtDNA lineages colonized Australia. They said this confirmed an earlier study of Aboriginal Australians done in 1987 with a smaller sample, which found seven different mtDNA lineages. The authors acknowledged the smallness of their sample but argued that a bigger size would only increase the number of different lineages to be found. “Probably the most important insight to date,” they summarized, “is that relatively many females were involved in the colonization of Australia and Papua New Guinea.” Stoneking and Wilson were heavily sarcastic about the “one people” thesis:


and some eye witness accounts even near current

They were 1 metre to 1.3 metres tall, black, crinkly-haired naked males, and carried spears".

That was how one startled farmer described three small natives that he saw moving through a mountainside rainforest near his Tully, north Queensland farm in January 1982. Local residents are convinced that the farmer had seen members of a "lost pygmy tribe", long reputed to inhabit the rugged mountain country behind the town.

Further South, in the mountains behind Townsville, in 1981 two bushwalkers claimed they sighted a small group of pygmy-sized, animal skin clothed natives, scavenging rainforest soil for food. Having seen the vast, taipan-infested jungles of northern Queensland-through the Atherton Tableland to Cape York during my many wanderings as a naturalist-I can easily accept such tales. In that wild country any number of these tribes could wander unseen.



and this one struck me

In 1978, bushwalker Steve Curtis, while fighting his way through valley scrub north-west of Kurrajong, spotted smoke rising through trees ahead of him. Believing it to be another hiking party's fire he pushed on in that direction. Finally reaching the spot, he found before him three crude bark shelters. A few stone implements {which he salvaged} littered the cleared area about which were also numerous little bare human footprints. It was apparent that his noisy approach had alerted the occupants of what looked to be a modern say stone-age camp. Steve soon had the uneasy feeling that he was being watched from the surrounding forest, so he hastily left the area


http://www.mysteriousaustralia.com/our_ ... tribe.html

still wild...one reason I love it... :coffee:

In addition - there is an emerging pattern of genetic trail linking all the pygmy populations....and there is the genetic link just across the Torres Strait and we know there was contact. ( Torres Strait are an aboriginal sub-population with a different genetic makeup ...no reason not to think the pygmies crossed as well.

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https://goo.gl/maps/s4fBq2ujjS42

http://anthropogenesis.kinshipstudies.o ... nguistics/
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Re: Pygmies in Australia....

#2  Postby Macdoc » Jan 14, 2017 4:04 pm

a bit more ... and what a political football this issue is...with Australia accused of Orwellian history rewrites..

https://ancestortrilogy.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/the-little-people-of-kuranda/

From that link .....this was a dire chapter...


The following (edited) report of June 1864 tells of the “little people’s” shocking demise:

“… awoke to the sound of much gunfire… came across a most despicable act of humanity… as if a great war had been fought… bloodied native corpses covering the grounds and in the stream waters… recognised these were the Dhi’lumi little peoples of … previous acquaintances… peppered with gunshot… his woman bearing signs of harsh raping… throat slashed… their daughter and son… killed part decapitated and hanging over a tree branch – the son less his manly wares… slaughter appears to have been immediate without warning… cooking fires were still burning… their shantys and possessions lay strewn about the ground… utter disgust that these shy, ancient and good people had been shot to their deaths… Who could have done such an evil and dastardly deed?”

“… viewed the bloody scene with much contempt… none had survived. This last group of the Dhi’lumi were all quite dead… 43 members of the clan as I had counted… five old men and eleven other males were shot… their scrotums cut away… five old women and six young women… staked, tied down and then brutalised… signs of virginity lost or rampant bodily attacked then shot in the head… found six young boys and six young girls of the near ages of 9 to 12 years… brutalised in a most cruel manner similar to their mothers… blood seeping from their front and rear orifices. Bastards! Bastards! … The last were found in the tall water bushes of the stream… 4 young babies (2 boys and 2 girls)… their small throats cut open to dye the waters and left to die… lone act with the small children emptied my churning stomach of its full contents. What manner of animal could do such atrocities to another human being?”


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http://www.warriors.egympie.com.au/yuludara.html
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#3  Postby Made of Stars » Jan 16, 2017 11:01 am

Thanks for sharing macdoc
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#4  Postby Macdoc » Jan 16, 2017 3:17 pm

Sad this

Pygmy elder faces eviction

CourierMail
August 24, 2007 10:00am

IN a "heartless" move, the 105-year-old elder of Australia's "lost tribe" of Aboriginal pygmies faces eviction from her far north Queensland home.
Lizzy Woods – who relies on a wheelchair, is blind and suffers dementia – is the mother of 10 children and the oldest surviving matriarch of the Jirrbal rainforest people.

She has been classified as a "living treasure" and is the sole surviving link to the pygmy "white cockatoo" tribe – most of whom stood less than 122cm (4ft) tall – of the Misty Mountain region near Tully.

Sitting in the humble three-bedroom Ravenshoe house she has called home for nearly 25 years, she told The Courier-Mail yesterday she was angry at the impending eviction.

"They are making me homeless," said the 110cm-tall elder, surrounded by some of her five generations of offspring. "I was born in the rainforest. I grew up chasing kangaroo and picking berries off the trees. I belong here. This is my land.

"The pygmy tribe – that is my mob. And this is the place I have chosen to die."


She's 3' 6" tall. The average for the tribe was 4' 122 cm.
All of this was compounded by an aversion to photography

Australian Aboriginal avoidance practices - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia ... _practices
Aboriginal avoidance practices refers to those relationships in traditional Aboriginal society ... but has also come to encompass avoiding the publication or dissemination of photography or film footage of the deceased person as well.


In many Indigenous Australian cultures, to hear or see someone who has ... all of that person's personal belongings and photographs will be destroyed.
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