Designs on the future: Aboriginal painted shields and baskets of tropical North Queensland, Australia

Aaberge, Bård, Barnard, Trish, Greer, Shelley, and Henry, Rosita (2014) Designs on the future: Aboriginal painted shields and baskets of tropical North Queensland, Australia. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 13 (2). pp. 56-74.

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Iconic painted shields and baskets made by Aboriginal people of the North Queensland rainforest region have been collected and placed in museums all over the world. We describe the historical ethnographic context of the production and use of these things and explore transformations in their value through time. These things are of value to museums and were of value to the collectors who originally procured them. They were also of value to the Aboriginal producers and are of value today to their descendants. We reflect upon the concept of value by considering the different values that inform how the shields and baskets were valued in the past, and how their worth continues to be evaluated today.

Item ID: 36680
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
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Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC (DP110102291)
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2015 22:37
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 80%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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