Pink cake, red eyes, coloured photos: desire, loss and Aboriginal aesthetics in northern Australia

Deger, Jennifer (2018) Pink cake, red eyes, coloured photos: desire, loss and Aboriginal aesthetics in northern Australia. In: Young, Diana, (ed.) Rematerializing Colour: from concept to substance. Sean Kingston Publishing, Canon Pyon, UK, pp. 45-65.

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[Extract] The Yolngu word for colour is miny'tji.1 Miny'tji can also be translated as 'pattern'; it can refer to sacred clan designs, but the meaning encompasses designs and patterns of all sorts. Rather than approaching these as distinct or separate definitions, I want to show how Yolngu see colours and patterns as inextricably connected - a point of no small significance in a cultural context where social relations are given shape and meaning by an intricate pattern of connections created by the journeys and activities of Ancestral beings (see Keen 1994; Morphy 1992).

Item ID: 55351
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-907774-25-6
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 01:54
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 80%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies @ 20%
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95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 30%
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