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A positive approach to changing perceptions of talented people from the past

13 Apr 2021 12:24 PM | Anonymous

Two Very Talented Men: A positive approach to changing perceptions of talented people from the past:

1. Tupia: Tupia was a Pacific Island man who sailed with Captain Cook from Tahiti on the way to the coast of Australia in 1769. Cook , himself a great navigator, had seen his navigational skills and depended on him to navigate the Pacific. The website https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/tupaia/, describes him as: “high priest, artist, diplomat, politician, orator and celestial navigator”. During those months at sea, Tupaia had revealed himself to possess an inquiring mind and experimental inclinations.

2. David Unaipon: According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Unaipon, he was an Aboriginal man of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and author. His contribution to Australian society in the 1920s helped break many stereotypes, and he is featured on the Australian $50 note in commemoration of his work. He was the first Aboriginal author to be published, and after developing 19 inventions he was called the Australian “Leonardo” – a comparison to Leonardo da Vinci. 

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