Artefacts and collectors in the tropics of North Queensland

Erckenbrecht, Corinna, Fuary, Maureen, Greer, Shelley, Henry, Rosita, McGregor, Russell, and Wood, Michael (2010) Artefacts and collectors in the tropics of North Queensland. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 21 (3). pp. 350-366.

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This paper outlines some of the ways early artefact collecting contributed to the definition of the Australian region now known and marketed as the ‘World Heritage Wet Tropics’. While others have collected in this region, we focus on the collecting activities of Hermann Klaatsch and the work of Norman Tindale to explore some factors that contributed to their claims that certain artefacts represent a region and its history. We argue that these understandings of region and the past, along with the now widely dispersed artefacts, maintain a lively, albeit transformed, presence in current debates about Aboriginal regional culture, linking assertions of rights to lost and stolen cultural property with notions of large-scale environmental management within the ‘Wet Tropics’.

Item ID: 14982
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1757-6547
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Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 04:39
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 35%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 35%
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