“On 14 February 1779, English explorer Captain James Cook attempted to kidnap the ruling chief of Hawaii. You could say that Cook was killed while he was trying to commit a crime.” Clare G. Coleman.

“There’s a growing sense that we can no longer tolerate the big and small incursions upon our land and our people and our culture and our language and James Cook represents some of the worst of what has happened.” Hawaiian historian Kēhau Abad.

Clare G. Coleman is a Wirlomin-Noongar-Australian writer and poet whose family belong to the south coast of Western Australia. She writes essays, fiction, poetry and art and is living in Naarm (Melbourne).

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Changing the way history is understood isn’t erasing history… its making it. I think my role as a storyteller is to drag the true history of Australia into the light.