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Ancestral connections : art and an aboriginal system of knowledge / Howard Morphy
Bib ID 1765466
Format BookBook
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Morphy, Howard
 
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Description Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1991 
xvii, 329 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0226538656
0226538664
Summary

Yolngu art as a communication system encoding meaning as form; relation of art to the systems of clan organisation and restricted (secret) knowledge; contact history and social contexts of art production; iconography of clan paintings; response to the art market; social organisation rights to land and law; marriage and kinship; rights to paintings; knowledge system - structure, inclusiveness, power, secrecy; role of paintings in ceremonies - burial rituals; range of meanings associated with paintings - examples used in ceremonies associated with the Wawilak Sisters and ancestral shark images; graphic components of painting - figurative and geometric, clan designs; chronological change - the Donald Thomson Collection, past and contemporary categories of painting, commercial art; iconographic analysis of Manggalili clan paintings; relation of events in painting to Yolngu cosmology - creative powers , life and death, male and female dualities.

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  • List of Figures
  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Art for Sale
  • 3. Yolngu Society: An Outline
  • 4. The Rights to Paint
  • 5. Inside and Outside: The Yolngu System of Knowledge
 
Notes

Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-319) and index.

Source of Acquisition Copy 2 - donation from Tom Austen Brown collection 
Subjects Murngin (Australian people) -- Rites and ceremonies.  |  Bark painting, Yolngu.  |  Philosophy, Aboriginal Australian.  |  Symbolism in art -- Australia.  |  Yolngu (Australian people) -- Kinship.  |  Yolngu (Australian people) -- Social life and customs.  |  Stories and motifs - Wawalag Sisters.  |  Stories and motifs - Sharks.  |  Manggalili people (N137) (NT SD53-03)  |  Art - Production - Materials / techniques.  |  Stories and motifs - Cultural heroes.  |  Art - Painting - Bark.  |  Settlement and contacts - 20th Century.  |  Settlement and contacts.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Art - Sand and ground design.  |  Yolngu people (NT SD53)  |  W©Þgilak / Wawilak people (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  Stories and motifs - Creation / Cosmology.  |  Art - Artists.  |  Communications - Nonverbal.  |  Stories and motifs - Insects.  |  Sites - Dreaming tracks.  |  Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage.  |  Art - Body art.  |  Arnhem Land (NT)  |  South Australia - West (SA SH53, SI53)  |  South Australia - West (SA SH53, SI53)  |  Arnhem Land (NT)  |  Visual arts By Australian aborigines
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