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Boats on Bark: an analysis of Groote Eylandt bark paintings featuring Macassan praus from the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition, Northern Territory, Australia

May, Sally; McKinnon, Jennifer; Raupp, Jason


This paper examines a group of Aboriginal bark-paintings featuring Macassan prau s that were collected in 1948 during the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. These paintings were studied in an effort to understand issues related to Aboriginal and Macassan cross-cultural interaction, stylistic adaptation and change, and maritime technologies. Furthermore it is one example in which the collaborative efforts of maritime and Indigenous archaeologies can achieve a more holistic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2009.00230.x


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