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Aboriginal art, identity, and appropriation / by Elizabeth Burns Coleman
Bib ID 3573681
Format BookBook
Author
Coleman, Elizabeth Burns, 1961-
 
Online Versions
Description Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2005 
xviii, 188 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0754644030
Series

Anthropology and cultural history in Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

Summary

"The belief held by Aboriginal people that their art is ultimately related to their identity, and to the continued existence of their culture, has made the protection of indigenous peoples' art a pressing matter in many postcolonial countries. The issue has prompted calls for stronger copyright legislation to protect Aboriginal art." "Although this claim is not particular to Australian Aboriginal people, the Australian experience clearly illustrates this debate. In this work, Elizabeth Burns Coleman analyses art from an Australian Aboriginal community to interpret Aboriginal claims about the relationship between their art, identity and culture, and how the art should be protected in law. Through her study of Yolngu art, Coleman finds Aboriginal claims to be substantially true. This is an issue equally relevant to North American debates about the appropriation of indigenous art, and the book additionally engages with this literature."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. Mapping the problem
  • 2. Cultural appropriation
  • 3. Culture and property
  • 4. Domestic questions
  • 5. Identity and images
  • 6. Religion and significance
  • 7. Art fraud and the ontology of painting
  • 8. Applying the criteria for authenticity
  • 9. Insignia and collective entities
  • 10. Cultural vandalism
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Art, Aboriginal Australian.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Ethnic identity.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Legal status, laws, etc.  |  Cultural property -- Protection -- Australia.  |  Law and art -- Australia.  |  Cultural heritage - Protection - Law and legislation.  |  Law - Intellectual property.

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