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Turning Subjects into Objects and Objects into Subjects: Collecting Human Remains on the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition

Thomas, Martin


He�s taking the bones now, taking the bones. He reaches into the hollow of a crevice; the rear of his trousers, protruding towards the camera, is stained with channels of sweat. Turning to face us, he unwraps a mandible from a blackened shred of rag. Bespectacled, and with lips pursed beneath a trim moustache, his officer�s deportment is upset by a slash of blue headband that gives him a piratical craziness. He adds the jaw to a wooden crate already full of arm and leg bones, butted up against...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2014
Type: Book chapter
Source: Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media
Book Title: Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media
DOI: 10.22459/cc.12.2014.06
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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