Posted: Jan 16, 2017 3:17 pm
by Macdoc
Sad this

Pygmy elder faces eviction

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 ... _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.