When earlier this year Puralia Jim Everett shared with me the scripts for his plays We Are Survivors and A Cultural Lesson it seemed incumbent on me to also share at least one of them with a wider audience. We are privileged indeed to read the hitherto unpublished play We Are Survivors, that tells us so much about Tasmanian Aboriginal family dynamics, the concerns of the people and their view of the place that history has brought them to. The play recreates the ways of talking and of relating that these people share, such a distinct and important Indigenous people. They have endured two centuries of settler colonial hegemony, including being classified as the most primitive people in the world and doomed to extinction. ….
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