Objects can speak: Indigenous languages and collections in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
This thesis examines interconnections between indigenous languages, objects and professional practices within Australian and New Zealand museums. Early collecting practices did not include the documentation of descriptions, context or provenance in indigenous languages. Historically, collectors saw indigenous languages as a means for making contact with indigenous communities to produce displays that represented dying cultures to non-indigenous viewers. Indigenous cultural materials are...[Show more]
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