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Collecting Cultures: Myth, Politics, and Collaboration in the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition (Hardback)

Sally K. May

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ISBN 10: 0759105987 / ISBN 13: 9780759105980
Edité par AltaMira Press,U.S., United States, 2009
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Language: English . Brand New Book. In February 1948, a team of Australians and Americans embarked upon one of the largest scientific expeditions that had ever taken place in Australia. Seventeen men and women journeyed across northern Australia for nine months, investigating the people and environment of the remote region known as Arnhem Land. Today, the Arnhem Land Expedition remains one of the most significant, most ambitious, and least understood expeditions ever mounted. Collecting Cultures draws together diverse strands of evidence to investigate the events and consequences of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition. In the wake of the expedition came volumes of scientific publications, kilometers of film, thousands of photographs, tens of thousands of scientific specimens, and a vast array of artifacts and artwork from across Arnhem Land. Collecting Cultures explores the complex and, at times, contentious legacy of this ethnographic fieldwork and artifact collection, revealing how the cross-cultural encounters transformed and continue to transform our understanding of people and places. N° de réf. du libraire ANB9780759105980

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Titre : Collecting Cultures: Myth, Politics, and ...

Éditeur : AltaMira Press,U.S., United States

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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In February 1948, a team of Australians and Americans embarked upon one of the largest scientific expeditions that had ever taken place in Australia. Seventeen men and women journeyed across northern Australia for nine months, investigating the people and environment of the remote region known as Arnhem Land. Today, the Arnhem Land Expedition remains one of the most significant, most ambitious, and least understood expeditions ever mounted. Collecting Cultures draws together diverse strands of evidence to investigate the events and consequences of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition. In the wake of the expedition came volumes of scientific publications, kilometers of film, thousands of photographs, tens of thousands of scientific specimens, and a vast array of artifacts and artwork from across Arnhem Land. Collecting Cultures explores the complex and, at times, contentious legacy of this ethnographic fieldwork and artifact collection, revealing how the cross-cultural encounters transformed and continue to transform our understanding of people and places.

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This book provides unique insights into one of the largest and most ambitious expeditions to Aboriginal lands, the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, Australia. The extraordinary ethnological collections from these expeditions, partially housed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, are still a subject of research, debate, and controversy. The lessons to be learned from this book are both local and global. -- Claire Smith, President, World Archaeological Congress The book is valuable in telling the story behind a collection, a story that might otherwise, as is so often the case, remain obscure to present-day museum goers...the true value of the book, in giving the collection a history which allows the present-day configurations and assemblages of museum objects to the understood...this book is incredibly valuable in providing a rare historical account of such an expedition and a consideration of the afterlives of its collection, including the ongoing significance of its objects to contemporary indigenous people from its source communities. It should be of interest not only to academics and museum professionals, but also, by drawing attention to the histories of ethnographic collections in museums, to the broader museum-going public. This is a significant work of museum historiography. Conservation and Management Of Arch. Sites, August 2010

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