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Hunting the Gatherers
Ethnographic Collectors, Agents, and Agency in Melanesia 1870s-1930s
Edited by Michael O'Hanlon and Robert Welsch
306 pages, 23 illus., 5 maps, 6 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-811-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2001)
ISBN 978-1-57181-506-4 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (January 2001)
eISBN 978-0-85745-691-5 eBook
“... a most welcome book ... Reading this book should irrevocably change how one looks at an ethnographic exhibit ... These wide-ranging articles ... augment our understanding of museums and their objects ... Overall, this is a rich collection of essays, brimming with data and, for the most part, cogently analysed.” · JRAI
Between the 1870s and the 1930s competing European powers carved out and consolidated colonies in Melanesia, the most culturally diverse region of the world. As part of this process, great assemblages of ethnographic artefacts were made by a range of collectors whose diversity is captured in this volume. The contributors to this tightly-integrated volume take these collectors, and the collecting institutions, as the departure point for accounts that look back at the artefact-producing societies and their interaction with the collectors, but also forward to the fate of the collections in metropolitan museums, as the artefacts have been variously exhibited, neglected, re-conceived as indigenous heritage, or repatriated. In doing this, the contributors raise issues of current interest in anthropology, Pacific history, art history, museology, and material culture.
Michael O'Hanlon is Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.
Robert L. Welsch teaches at the Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth, New Hampshire.
Subject: Museum Studies Theory and Methodology Colonial History Heritage Studies
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