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New DPAG exhibit explores South Pacific slave trade

Friday 13th May 2022 | Zac Hoffman | R1 News Reporter |

Mother Tongue, a new exhibit at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, opened in April. It delves into the Pacific slave trade, known as 'blackbirding,' and showcases the artist's personal relationship to it. R1 News reporter Zac Hoffman speaks to Pacific history experts Associate Professor Jacquiline Leckie and Dr Frances Steel on the history of the South Pacific slave trade, as well as historian Charles Clark on the West Harbour shipwreck Don Juan and it's rumoured connection to blackbirding.