The Makers and Making Of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections

Nicolas Peterson (editor), Lindy Allen (editor), Louise Hamby (editor)
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16 August 2008

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The Makers and Making Of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections

Nicolas Peterson (editor), Lindy Allen (editor), Louise Hamby (editor)
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'.
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'.

Nicolas Peterson

Nicolas Peterson

Nicolas Peterson is Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University 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.

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Lindy Allen

Lindy Allen

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.

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Louise Hamby

Louise Hamby

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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