Anthropological and Aboriginal Perspectives on the Donald Thomson Collection: Material Culture, Collecting and Identity

  • Peterson, Nicolas (PI)
  • Allen, Lindy (CoI)
  • Hamby, Louise (CoI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    This partnership offers a unique opportunity to combine anthropological research, museum practice and Indigenous community participation to explore the Donald Thomson Arnhem Land Ethnographic Collection. This is the most comprehensive collection of material culture made from any group in Australia while people were still living independently in the bush. This Collection is now of major cultural significance for non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians and can yield important insights into past socio-cultural life, Yolngu ethnotechnological skills and knowledge and the nature of collecting. The project will benefit many sectors including the museum-going public and the Yolngu.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date27/02/0331/12/05

    Funding

    • Museum Victoria: A$90,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$352,620.00

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