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Ceremony men : making ethnography and the return of the Strehlow collection / Jason M. Gibson.

Author/Creator:
Gibson, Jason, author.
Publication:
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
xvi, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series:
Tribal worlds : critical studies in American Indian nation building
Suny series, tribal worlds : critical studies in American Indian nation building
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Subjects:
Aboriginal Australians -- Antiquities -- Collection and preservation.
Australia -- Antiquities -- Collection and preservation.
Archaeology -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Australia.
Ethnology -- Australia.
Strehlow, T. G. H. (Theodor George Henry), 1908-1978.
Strehlow Research Centre.
Antiquities -- Collection and preservation.
Archaeology -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Ethnology.
Australia.
Summary:
"Ceremony Men is an account of one scholar's attempt to return an anthropological collection to Aboriginal communities in remote central Australia. In revealing his process, Jason M. Gibson highlights the importance of personal rapport and collaborations in ethnographic exchange, both past and present, and demonstrates the ongoing importance of sociality, relationship, and orality when Indigenous peoples encounter museum collections today. Combining forensic historical analysis with contemporary ethnographic research, this book challenges the notion that anthropological archives will necessarily become authoritative or dominant statements on a people's cultural identity. Instead, Indigenous peoples will often interrogate and re-contextualise this material with great dexterity as they work to re-integrate the documented into their present-day social lives. By analyzing one of the world's greatest collections of Indigenous song, myth and ceremony-the collections of linguist/anthropologist T.G.H. Strehlow-Ceremony Men demonstrates how inextricably intertwined ethnographic collections can become in complex historical and social relations. By theorizing the nature of the documenter-documented relationships this book makes an important contribution to the at times simplistic post-colonial generalizations that dominate analyses of colonial interaction. A story of local agency is uncovered that enriches our understanding of the human engagements that took (and continue to take) place within varying colonial relations of Australia"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Archive and field
Early Alhernter encounters
Strehlow's scope
A balancing act
Urrempel man
Declarations of relatedness
The intermingling of intimate narratives
"Your'e my Kwertengerl"
Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781438478548
1438478542
9781438478555
1438478550
9781438478562
OCLC:
1129100083