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Tasmania has the onerous reputation for having exterminated it’s tribal living native people within a few decades following colonial invasion. Yet in the backcountry there was ample evidence to this traveler of their presence, both in the real and surreal.

After completing a magical traverse of the central Western Arthurs in one day I saw this , what was to me symbolic, image in the crags of an aborginal face looking skyward as I lay in my tent at Haven Lake in the false dawn of the following day.

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