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Ochre And Rust: Artefacts And Encounters On Australian Frontiers

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Takes Aboriginal and colonial artefacts from their museum shelves, and traces their stories, revealing charge and nuanced moments of encounter in Australia's frontier history.
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published by Wakefield Press Pty, Limited (AUS) (first published 2007)
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Mar 25, 2011 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Australian history
Fantastic - a brilliant book that is a real pleasure to read.

Beginning with the chance discovery of a medallion that Captain Cook gave to Aborigines on Bruny Island, the book traces the histories of artefacts that represent the collision of Aboriginal and European culture. In the early days of settlement, artefacts were ‘traded’ or misappropriated i.e. borrowed, taken by accident or by design, or deliberately stolen. European collectors rarely documented their provenance and many if not most of
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Mar 24, 2012 Thomas Isern rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historians and curators
Over the past twenty years historians have been breaking free of the determinisms that dogged their works for most of the twentieth century and embracing the conferral of agency. People make decisions, actions have consequences, contingency, chaos, all that sort of thing. It makes for history that is more human and more interesting. Philip Jones, an anthropologist doing history as a curator at the South Australian Museum, now has upped the ante as to agency. In his work, people, including Aborig ...more
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appauling research and offensive reads like he is on drugs when he refers to satellites etc see p 109 onwards what a pretender of factual events!
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