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Art in the time of colony / Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll
Bib ID 6534647
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Carroll, Khadija von Zinnenburg, author
 
Description Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington : Ashgate, [2014] 
xxvi, 307 pages ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 1409455963
9781409455967
Series

Empires and the making of the modern world, 1650-2000.

Summary

It is often assumed that the verbal and visual languages of indigenous people had little influence upon the classification of scientific, legal, and artistic objects in the metropolises and museums of nineteenth-century colonial powers. However, as this book demonstrates, it is a fallacy that colonized locals merely collected material for interested colonizers. Through an analysis of particular language notations and drawings hidden in colonial documents and a reexamination of cross-cultural communication, the book writes biographies for five objects that exemplify the tensions of nineteenth century history. The author also draws on fieldwork done in communities today, such as the group of Koorie women whose re-enactments of tradition illustrate the first chapter s potted history of indigenous mediums and debates. The second case study explores British colonial history through the biography of the proclamation boards produced under George Arthur (1784-1854), Governor of British Honduras, Tasmania, British Columbia, and India. The third case study looks at the maps of the German explorer of indigenous taxonomy Wilhelm von Blandowski (1822-1878), and the fourth looks at a multi-authored encyclopaedia in which Blandowski had taken into account indigenous knowledge such as that in the work of Kwat-Kwat artist Yakaduna, whose hundreds of drawings (1862-1901) are the material basis for the fifth and final case study. Through these three characters histories Colonial Classifications demonstrates the political importance of material culture by using objects to revisit the much-contested nineteenth century colonial period, in which the colonial nations as a cultural and legal-political system were brought into being. -- Publisher's blurb.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Colonization.  |  Art, Aboriginal Australian.  |  Artists, Aboriginal Australian -- Attitudes.  |  Indigenous art -- Australia.  |  Indigenous peoples -- Colonization -- Australia.  |  Philosophy, Aboriginal Australian.  |  Postcolonialism and the arts.  |  Death - Mortuary customs.  |  Art - Sculpture - Tree carving.  |  Costume and clothing - Cloaks and coats - Possum.  |  Fishing.  |  Art - Artists.  |  Art - Objects and installations.  |  Race relations - Representation - Art.  |  Art - Drawing.  |  Art - Sand and ground design.  |  Art - Production - Materials / techniques - Ochre.  |  Culture - Theory and criticism - Postcolonial.  |  History - Frontier conflict - Tasmania - Black War.  |  Settlement and contacts - Colonisation.  |  Art - Theory and criticism.  |  Art - Photography.  |  Dance - Ceremonial.  |  Art - Painting.  |  Wahgunyah / Lake Moodemere (E Vic SJ55-03)  |  Melbourne (Vic SJ55-05)  |  Tasmania (Tas)  |  Victoria (Vic)  |  Australian

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