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Monday, May 23, 2005
 
LIA POOTAH
MEDIA RELEASE

BOOK LAUNCH
23 May 2005 Lia Pootah Community room Sugarloaf Road Risdon Vale 6pm.

THE FIRST TIME EVER a HISTORY of the TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL PEOPLE TOLD FROM THE INSIDE by a TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL ACADEMIC.

LIA POOTAH HISTORY is a fully documented account of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people who today are called Lia Pootah and their STRUGGLE through the COURTS and through the MEDIA for recognition of who they are.

To be launched by Liberal Minister Michael Hodgman QC at a traditional Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony by Lia Pootah Elders Smoker Uncle Leslie Dick – Story Teller Uncle John Coleman and welcomed by Uncle Tom Courto. Senior Elder Uncle Keith Farrell will present the book to Michael Hodgman for the Launch

Lia Pootah’s Cultural Historian and Historical Geographer Tereetee Lore/Kaye McPherson on behalf of Wallantanalinany Lydidder (Lia Pootah Elders Council) has written the history of the 14,000 plus Tasmanian Aboriginal people the Tasmanian Government and the Palawa would prefer never existed.

This book brings to light the historical omission in Tasmania’s Aboriginal survival of the Lia Pootah, a presence that "has obviously been too sacrosanct to be questioned" by non Aboriginal writers following the "same ol’ same ol’".

No other literary portrayal shows the plight of the Tasmanian Aboriginal who was never removed from the land their ancestors called Trowernna. Not since Sally Morgan’s Our Place has a book told of the trauma associated with survival through shame and denial
For further information contact
Kaye 03 62438606 Email liapootah@taea.com.au Fax 03 62438057







Media Release

23 May 2005 Lia Pootah Community room Sugarloaf Road Risdon Vale 6pm.
Ignore the lies whispered about the Lia Pootah Community
See for yourself how the Palawa controlled Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has manipulated the history of Tasmania’s Aboriginal population for their own needs for more than two decades
The Genocide of Tasmania’s Aboriginal People a Living Death details step by step the blueprint for the genocide implemented by distant kin descended from sealers.
In two volumes it is designed for both the curious and serious reader. The book in 130 pages tells the history of Lia Pootah from invasion to the present. It includes the court cases –shows how misleading academic theoretical histories for Tasmania’s Aboriginal population have ignored the truth – details the manipulation of the Palawa to control the very name Tasmanian Aboriginal.
The attachments 380 pages of documentary evidence so there can be no mistakes of footnoting. The reader can judge for themselves and come to their own conclusions: released twice before as a report in an attempt to stop the trial Black Electoral Rolls: in 2000 to the Tasmanian Government and the Electoral Office - then to the lawyers and Philip Ruddock when Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Wayne Gibbons CEO of ATSIC during the 2002 Federal Court Case to stop the injustice of the Trial Black Electoral Rolls.
The Lia Pootah Elders Council Wallantanalinany Lydidder want justice and demand the Australian Constitutional right to justice for their children and children’s children.
WE EXIST WE ARE NOT WHITE. TRUTH AND JUSTICE ARE A DEMOCRATIC RIGHT FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS EXCEPT LIA POOTAH.

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MEDIA RELEASE.
A BOOK Offering an insight into the truth of Tasmanian Aboriginal history will be launched this coming Monday, 23rd May 2005 at the Lia Pootah Community Centre, Sugar Loaf Road, Risdon Vale, 6pm.
It is about, "The History of the Lia Pootah People" it has been penned by Kaye McPerhson.
"I am just the ‘pen’ who has written the history for all of us," states Kaye. "It is our history, while I am the author, it deals with our struggle for recognition."
The Book will send shock waves into the Tasmanian community. Kaye McPherson says it will be the first time "our" truth will be told.
"And it is the first time that a book written about Tasmanian Aboriginal people has been written by an Tasmanian Aboriginal person.
"What we get now is a one dimensional view which is really a rhetoric, which does not take into account the entire Aboriginal community.
"From 1967 until 1996 the Tasmanian Aboriginal community was united in the struggle to overcome the extinction myth. In 1996 the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) tabled a Report which defined Tasmanian Aboriginality, which you had to have a sealer descent, which effectively wiped out the majority of us," states Kaye.
"This book will reveal how it was done and the repercussions form it and our struggle," states Kaye.
In that, it is a controversial publication. At the same time it is a book which will hold the interest of all who read it.
The Hon Michael Hodgman MHA QC will be launching the book at a special smoking ceremony.
Author, Kaye McPherson is an elder in the Lia Pootah community and has been at the coal-face of the politics and the divisions. She has lived through all the destruction that has happened to the community since 1996 and she states her "whole life has been effected by it." She was part of the early struggle for recognition of Aborigines in general and "to be denied my ancestry by people who do not know me is an affront to the ancestors", states Kaye McPherson
"It has impacted to such an extent, that even though I am a Master of Science and working towards my Ph.D. in this State I am given no credibility and no acknowledgement of my work, even though it is respected in other States of Australia and overseas.
"I have the most important recognition that one can have and that is the respect from the Elders and community members of the Lia Pootah Community."
The book will be available at selected outlets. The media is invited to attend this momentous event.
End.
Further: Reg Watson 62438597. Mobile: 0409 975 587.
Kaye McPherson 62438606.
May 19th 2005.
.A totally refreshing book to read on Tasmanian history which leaves the reader the absolute right to form their own conclusion on the information written on the enclosed pages. The content may be controversial but I am not aware of any other literary portrayal showing the plight of the Tasmanian Aboriginal


Invites

invites


To attend the launch of
Lia Pootah history
To be launched by

Liberal Shadow Attorney General
Michael Hodgeman QC

When: 23 May 2003

Where: Lia Pootah Community Room. Basement room Risdon Vale Community Centre Sugar Loaf Road Risdon Vale

What time 6pm
RSVP Kaye 03 62438606 liapootah@taea.com.au Fax 03 62438657


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Lia Pootah Aspects of Tasmanian Aboriginal History Series
By Worawee (Emma Wilson)
Emma Wilson is the Aboriginal great grandmother of Kaye McPherson a Lia Pootah Elder and Cultural Historian. Each book offers a refreshing insight into Tasmania’s Traditional Aboriginal culture from the perspective of a descendant of the Big River Tribe. The series is written in the Lia Pootah storytelling way even though the material is historically documented. Much of the information was sourced from within the bibliography of each book. Kaye is a Historical Geographer holding a Bachelor of Science with Honours and is at present finishing a Master of Science at the University of Tasmania.
Traditional Villages
By Worawee (Emma Wilson)
Contrary to popular belief Lia Pootah ancestors lived in villages. .This book describes location of villages, the building materials and techniques used to build the traditional Aboriginal houses. The books offer a different perspective on Aboriginal life.
PRICE $19.95 63 pp. Ilust. Soft Cover


Traditional Aquaculture
By Worawee (Emma Wilson)
Details fishing methods and practices for sustainable diversity of seafood. Seasonal harvesting does not make for a nomadic culture.
PRICE $19.95 67 pp. Ilust. Soft Cover


Astronomy and Other Seasons
By Worawee (Emma Wilson)
A never before look at the ordinary combined with the belief system and spiritual aspects of the Tasmanian Aboriginal.
PRICE $19.95 87 pp. Ilust. Soft Cover
ISBN 1 876260 025

Junior Editions
Stories from the Dreaming
This booklet contains four traditional stories and two contemporary Dreaming stories. Each story is accompanied with contemporary illustration


Dictionary of Aboriginal Words
This booklet is designed to show how when translating from the language of the original Tasmanian Aboriginal people the meaning of what the ancestors were saying could be easily lost when the words were saved in a language not their own. A selection of Aboriginal words is included giving a broad understanding of the language.
both booklets are $12 each
GAMES

Eechidna and the Ants
A game of challenge in two levels. Suitable from prep to adult. Stop the ants from boxing the echidna into a corner. The aim is to stop the echidna removing ants from the board. Suitable for two players.
Game and counters costs $16.


Pathways
A dice game designed to show the traditional lifestyle of the Lia Pootah ancestors. Suitable for younger children. From two to six players.
Game, counters and dice $12.

TEACHERS KIT
Suitable for K1 to K8. Written by two teachers, Betty Hill (Ed. Cert.) a retired teacher of 30 years experience and Janene Hancock (MED) who is currently teaching. Tasmanian Perspective on Aboriginal studies aims to assist teachers with teaching Aboriginal studies. The teachers kit is based on the Lia Pootah cultural history which covers all the Aboriginal people of Tasmania. $235

LIA POOTAH HISTORY.
The Genocide of the Lia Pootah Tasmanian Aboriginal People
A two volume book. Vol. 1 is 130 pages of the history of the Lia Pootah. Vol.2 is 350 pages of attached documents. Disputes on footnote accuracy can not happen if the entire document is included and the reader can make up their own mind. The reader is also given the choice to read the book with or without attachments. $185
RISDON COVE FROM THE DREAMTIME TO
NOW:THE CENTENARY OF FEDERATION 2001
By Kaye McPherson
Risdon Cove is Tasmania’s most historic site, and is the only place that offers a continuation of Tasmania’s early history from Aboriginal Land to European occupation until the present. It is told in three parts.: The Aboriginal perspective, from the beginning time until 1804. The European perspective 1803 - 1901 and Oral Histories from 1920S – 2001.
Freda Gray President and Historian of the First Settlers (1804) Association considers it a milestone for Tasmania’s history.
PRICE: $25 169 pp. 50 Ilust.. 2 maps
Soft Cover
BLACK MAN WHITE CROSS
By Tom Courto
This is an account of Tom’s early life on the West Coast of Tasmania. It is a fast moving story about bush life, an Aboriginal guide and a dog called Ugly. Tom is an Elder within the Lia Pootah Aboriginal Community.
PRICE $22 pp. Soft Cover
ME MY FRIENDS AND BOWLS
By Tom Courto
The only book that tells you how to play to be a winner every time you bowl. Tom is a trophy winning state player. A book of amusing antidotes.
PRICE $18 soft cover
QUEENSTOWN: the way we were
By Tom Courto
To be released this year.
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