Queer Indigenous Captain Cook

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My housemate, also an anthropologist, just informed me that there was an Indigenous float in the very first Mardi Gras parade in Australia in 1988.

And the float was a boat and on it –  according to the Sydney Morning Herald (Sat 27th of Feb 1988):

‘[T]here was a tall, striking figure of dancer Malcolm Cole dressed as Captain Cook with a black Sir Joseph Banks and two black sailors beside him in a boat pulled by white men.

What Captain Cook may have thought about being mimicked by an Aboriginal in a parade with a blue elephant, a condom over its trunk and the message that elephants never forget about safe sex is anybody’s guess.’


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