Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (AHT) is part of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Division within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.  AHT aims to protect, conserve and promote Tasmania’s unique Aboriginal heritage, while adopting a partnership approach with Aboriginal community organisations.  Tasmania’s Aboriginal cultural heritage provides a spiritual connection for Tasmanian Aboriginal people today and valuable information about one of the oldest living cultures in the world.

This canoe was constructed by members of the Aboriginal community in 2007 for TMAG’s bark canoe project. Its design was based on an 1840s miniature held by the museum.

Climate change is having catastrophic consequences for the survival of important elements of Tasmania’s Aboriginal heritage. read more
Aboriginal people have lived in Tasmania for at least 35,000 years – and possibly as long as 70,000 years. Scientific studies have revealed rich archaeological deposits that have been firmly dated to between 35,000 years ago and the present. This confirms that Aboriginal people in Tasmania survived the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) around 21,000 years ago which would have caused cooler, harsher and drier environmental conditions. At the end of the LGM around 12,000 years ago, the sea level rose and Tasmania became isolated from the mainland of Australia. read more