Howitt and the Wotjobaluk People in the late 19th Century

Howitt and Fison carried out some of the earliest anthropological research in Australia and left extensive archival materials on language, kinship, and social organisation. The records they kept reflect the cultural expertise of Aboriginal informants. The word lists, detailed information about kinship and social relations, traditional stories and songs, some recorded in original languages are of immense value and could only be gathered by close engagement with Aboriginal people.

The aim of this project is to return Howitt and Fison’s papers to Aboriginal communities and to the wider public in a way that brings to the fore their rich linguistic and ethnographic data as well as the relationships and histories of their original production.

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