Completing a research project such as this is a collaborative endeavour involving the efforts and responses of many people. Patsy Cameron and I wish to express our gratitude to all those whose good will and assistance provided inspiration and impetus and allowed the project to keep its momentum.
Funding for this project has been supplied by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Without their generous and strong backing, this project would certainly not have been possible. Thanks also to the Community, Place and Heritage Research Unit and Riawunna Centre, University of Tasmania (UTAS) for providing "in-kind" support during Stage 1 of the project and to the School of Philosophy at UTAS for supporting it during Stage 2. We are indebted to the members of the Project Council of Elders, Vicki Matson-Green, Gloria Andrews, Ronnie Summers and Verna Nichols for their wisdom, guidance and endorsement, and to Noiheener Aboriginal organization and melythina tiakana warrana Aboriginal Corporation for acting as our hosts in Country.
Special acknowledgement must be given to the following people:
We would also like to acknowledge the involvement of the Tasmanian Land and Sea Council (TALSC), Aboriginal land management trainees and their sponsor South (Tasmanian) Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Hydro Tasmania.
In addition, we would like to recognize the contribution of so very many friends, colleagues and project participants who volunteered their time to assist at all stages of the project. Still others carried out laborious organizational and technical tasks for little financial reward. For these incredibly generous gestures we are very grateful.
Last, but not least, we would like to dedicate this body of research to the descendants of the Trowunnan clansmen and women in whose footsteps and through whose Country we have walked. This story belongs to them.
Dr Linn Miller
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Philosophy
15 June, 2011