Cape York – On the trail of our indigenous culture and James Cook

On the banks of the Endeavour River, in Cooktown, there is an interpretive plaque that says the James Cook and the local aborigines reconciled in 1770.

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Was it a reconciliation of convenience? Cook had a damaged ship that needed repair. Or was he open to a deeper understanding.

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The rock art on Cape York is evidence of a complex culture many thousands of years old. Some of the carvings in the walls of the Split Rock are estimated to be 13000 years old.

I’m a great admirer of James Cook, – three circumnavigations of the world before his death at 51 in Hawaii.

And know I can learn much from our indigenous culture, it’s spirituality and understanding of place and the land.

In Cape York the two came together.

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3 Responses to Cape York – On the trail of our indigenous culture and James Cook

  1. David.Hobbs@sport.vic.gov.au says:

    Thanks Michael, great stuff. Looks like you are having a fantastic time.

    The Quinkan Galleries which are off the beaten track near Laura have brilliant rock art. Expensive and awkward to get there, but worthwhile if you can.

    All’s OK here.

    Regards

    David

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    From: piecemealadventurer To: david.hobbs@sport.vic.gov.au, Date: 23/08/2015 10:41 PM Subject: [New post] Cape York ? On the trail of our indigenous culture and James Cook

    a piecemeal adventurer posted: “On the banks of the Endeavour River, in Cooktown, there is an interpretive plaque that says the James Cook and the local aborigines reconciled in 1770. Was it a reconciliation of convenience? Cook had a damaged ship that needed repair. Or was he open “

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  2. Mary Weaven says:

    The photos of the rock art are exceptional. This is a very spiritual place.

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