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This volume of original essays brings together, for the first time, histories of the making and of the makers of most of the major Indigenous Australian museum collections. These collections are a principal source of information on how Aboriginal people lived in the past. Knowing the context in which any collection was created-the intellectual frameworks within which the collectors were working, their collecting practices, what they failed to collect, and what Aboriginal people withheld-is vital to understanding how any collection relates to the Aboriginal society from which it was derived. Once made, collections have had mixed fates- some have become the jewel of a museum's holdings, while others have been divided and dispersed across the world, or retained but neglected. The essays in this volume raise issues about representation, institutional policies, the periodisation of collecting, intellectual history, material culture studies, Aboriginal culture and the idea of a 'collection'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522855685
ISBN-10: 0522855687
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 139mm x 34mm)
Pages: 612
Imprint: Academic Monographs
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Nicolas Peterson

Nicolas Peterson is Professor of Anthropology and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. His research is focused on land and sea tenure, Aboriginal engagement with the Australian economy, history of anthropology and photography of anthropological subjects. Lindy Allen is Senior Curator at Museum Victoria. Her research is primarily focused on material culture, visual anthropology and art, based on fieldwork across Arnhem Land and on Cape York Peninsula. Louise Hamby is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University. Her research is principally focused on Arnhem Land material culture, both historic and contemporary.

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