From flame to fame: transformation of firesticks to art in North Queensland

Henry, Rosita (2016) From flame to fame: transformation of firesticks to art in North Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Cultural Heritage Series, 10. pp. 59-76.

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Among the many different kinds of artefacts collected in the rainforest region of north Queensland by European collectors during the colonial period is a uniquely shaped fire-making tool. This paper explores the significance of such firesticks for the Aboriginal people who originally made them, the collectors who sought them for the cosmopolitan museum trade and Aboriginal artists today, who reference the firesticks that their ancestors made in contemporary works of art for a global market.

Item ID: 39127
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-4788
Keywords: firestick; rainforest aboriginal; John Archibald Boyd; John Gaggin; Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre; Bagu.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery grant DP110102291
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Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 00:30
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 25%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 25%
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