Developing approaches for understanding Indigenous Australian glass bead use during the contact period

Litster, Mirani, Wesley, Daryl, and Stolte, Gretchen M. (2018) Developing approaches for understanding Indigenous Australian glass bead use during the contact period. In: Langley, Michelle C., Litster, Mirani, Wright, Duncan, and May, Sally K., (eds.) The Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian perspectives. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 299-318.

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Research into Indigenous bead use in Australia has emphasised the use of organic materials, such as seeds, reeds, bone and shell, in contrast to recently introduced beads made from glass. Indigenous collections housed at both Australian and international institutions, however, contain material culture that incorporates glass beads, such as chokers, necklaces and biting bags, in addition to both archaeological finds and ethnographic photos that illustrate the use of such items during the contact period. These beads and beaded objects bring to light questions concerning the use and production of beaded material culture. In this chapter, we propose an approach for the future study of these materials, incorporating methods from archaeology and anthropology, to explore the Indigenous use of glass beads and the production of beaded objects during the contact period.

Item ID: 71102
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-367-59150-2
Keywords: Glass beads; Indigenous sites; trade beads; methods in archaeology
Copyright Information: © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Michelle C. Langley, Miriani Lister, Duncan Wright and Sally K. May; individual chapters, the contributors.
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 23:16
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430101 Archaeological science @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 100%
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