10 Responses to “Truganini”

  1. Chelsey


  2. Rana

    First, all I can say to this is wow. I also just want to say that I look forward to these posts every Wednesday. I love getting a chance to learn about these women who I may never have heard about otherwise.

  3. Amanda

    I love that you have put in an Australian RP, but can you fix her appearance? The aboriginal people have a very distinct facial structure, which you can see from the photograph of her. They have very wide flat noses and heavy brow. I didn’t even realise she was meant to be aboriginal when I saw the picture.

  4. candace

    her story is so fascinating

  5. Calius

    I really enjoyed this post, I’ve been fascinated by the aborigines culture for some time, a book about the aborigines(Fiction I believe, though the Author will tell you different) is called ‘Mutant Message From Down Under’, I found reading it to be a spiritual experience.

  6. shayneo

    This is wonderful. So many white folks do aboriginal stories poorly, which can be more harm than good. But this is respectful, well researched, and shows the dignity of this great woman and her people, and it teaches the terrible calamity that befell them at the hands of empire. This is good teaching. One thing I might add though, the tasmanian aboriginal people are NOT gone from this earth. There are many mixed heratige aboriginal people in tasmania, and since aboriginality rejects the racist concept of the “blood quantum” (full-blood/half-blood/quarter-blood/etc, all relics of the victorian era of scientific racism) mixed heratige aboriginals are as full an aboriginal as Truganani herself!

  7. shayneo

    Please get rid of that book. Its considered deeply offensive to indigenous australians, and was written by a snake tounged liar. Nyungah, nungah, koori, and all the other elder circles consider her book as devious to their mob as the “protocols of zion” are to the jewish people. Google “Dumbartung mutant message” to read stories from old people in the aboriginal community about how this book hurt them with its lies and distortion of their dreaming.
    To be clear I’m not saying your a bad person for having the book, how could you possibly know! But I’m suggestiong that you should remove it from your library and get rid of it, before it tricks anyone else.

  8. Tiferet

    There weren’t any dingos but there were thylacines all over Tasmania then, and some aboriginal people kept them as pets–did the Palawa? There’s reports in the thylacine literature of the term “stripey dogs” being used to describe thylacines kept as pets by native people. Though the thylacine is often called “Tasmanian tiger” because of its stripes, “marsupial wolf” is a more accurate term and it has also been called “Tasmanian wolf”. When kept as a pet it behaved in a very dog-like manner.

  9. Jennifer Abramson


    It was evident from the regional meetings that Aboriginal response to Mutant Message Down Under is two-fold. The first response is anger directed at the content of the book, primarily: that the journey, such as Marlo Morgan describes it, could not have occurred; the appropriation of Aboriginal culture and meshing with American Indian culture for the New Age market; the reporting of men’s and women’s business without respect or regard; the audacity of an American white woman speaking for Aborigines and the blatant falsehoods contained within the book.

    The second response is a deep concern at the long term implications of Mutant Message Down Under, and books like it, on Aboriginal culture. To date, over a million people have bought and read either the self-publication or HarperCollins version of Mutant Message Down Under. Many in the United States and Europe have believed it. Many people have listened to Marlo Morgan lecture on the book and have believed her. Aboriginal Elders are deeply concerned that the already difficult process for young Aboriginals to regain and own their culture, will be made all the more difficult by the misappropriation and distortion of their culture by Marlo Morgan and others like her.