Academic Advocacy

“The Bunyip” Using Monsters as a Lens for Colonilisim

Once an Indigenous Australian folk tale, the bunyip has now graced everything from Australian screens to children’s literature in a form vastly different from what it had once known. The bunyip’s Aboriginal history is often left undocumented, with many sources starting their writing with a brief mention of its historical and cultural ties only to be followed by story after story from white colonizers. While one could say this is a result of the lack of Indigenous Australian’s documentation of the bunyip – that is simply not so. White authors have been capitalizing off of Aboriginal art and tales since the dawn of Australian colonization. To read more about my argument, click below.

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