Pacific Presences (volume 2): Oceanic Art and European Museums [Paperback]

Lucie Carreau (Editor); Alison Clark (Editor); Alana Jelinek (Editor); Erna Lilje (Editor); Nicholas Thomas (Editor)

ISBN: 9789088906268 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Series: Pacific Presences | Volume: 4.2 | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 500p, H254 x W179 (mm) 265fc/78bw

Pacific Presences (volume 2)


The vast and extraordinary collections from the Pacific, collected from the late eighteenth century onwards, that are dispersed across ethnographic and other museums in Europe amount to hundreds of thousands of artefacts, ranging from seemingly quotidian and utilitarian baskets and fish-hooks to great sculptures of divinities, architectural forms and canoes. Alongside the works themselves are rich archives of documents, drawings by early travellers, and often vast photographic collections, as well as historic catalogues and object inventories. These collections constitute a rich and remarkable resource for understanding society and history across Indigenous Oceania, cross-cultural encounters since the voyages of Captain Cook and his contemporaries, and the colonial transformations of the nineteenth century onwards. These are also collections of profound importance for Islanders today, who have varied responses to their displaced heritage, and renewed interest in understanding ancestral forms and practices. This book, in two volumes, not only enlarges understanding of Oceanic art history and Oceanic collections in important ways, but also enables new reflections upon museums and ways of undertaking work in and around them. It exemplifies a growing commitment on the part of curators and researchers, not merely to consult, but to initiate and undertake research, conservation, acquisition, exhibition, outreach and publication projects collaboratively and responsively. Volume two presents the scope of research activities of the project, with chapters focused around the following themes: materialities, collection histories and exhibitions, legacies of empire, contemporary activations.

Table of Contents

Part one: Materialities  
1. Fibre Skirts: Continuity and Change Erna Lilje  
2. Tangible Diversity: Shell Money from the Bismarck Archipelago Katherine Szabo  
3. Aitutaki Patterns or Listening to the Voices of the Ancestors: Research on Aitutaki ta’unga in European Museums Michaela Appel and Ngaa Kitai Taria Pureariki  
4. Unpacking cosmologies: frigate bird and turtle shell headdresses in Nauru Maia Nuku
5. Reaching across the Ocean’: Presences of barkcloth in Oceania and beyond Anna-Karina Hermkens  
6. ‘U’u: an unfinished inquiry into the history and adornment of Marquesan clubs Nicholas Thomas  Part two: Collection histories and exhibitions  
7. Haphazard Histories: Tracing Kanak Collections in UK Museums Julie Adams  
8. Inaccuracies, inconsistencies and implications: Researching Kiribati coconut fibre armour in UK collections Polly Bence  
9. Two Germanies: Ethnographic Museums, (Post)colonial Exhibitions, and the ‘Cold Odyssey’ of Pacific Objects between East and West Philipp Schorch
10. Museum Dreams: The Rise and Fall of a ‘Port-Vila Museum Peter Brunt  
11. From Russia with Love: Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay’s Pacific collections Elena Govor
12. Collecting procedure unknown: contextualising the Max Biermann collection in the Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich Hilke Thode-Arora  
13. Made to measure: Photographs from the Templeton Crocker expedition Lucie Carreau  
14. German women collectors in the Pacific: Elizabeth Krämer-Bannow and Antonie Brandeis Amiria Salmond  
15. Work on paper: The illustration of customary life in Oceanic art Nicholas Thomas  Part three: Legacies of Empire  
16. Kings, Rangatira and Relationships: the enduring meanings of ‘treasure’ exchanges between Māori and Europeans in 1830s Whangaroa Deidre Brown
17. History and Cultural Identity: Commemorating the arrival of the British in Kiribati Alison Clark  
18. Willful amnesia? Contemporary Dutch narratives about western New Guinea Fanny Wonu Veys  
19. A glimmering presence: the unheard Melanesian voices of St Barnabas Memorial Chapel, Norfolk Island Lucie Carreau  
20. The church at Titikaveka: a Rarotongan barkcloth from the 1840s Nicholas Thomas  
21. ‘The woman who walks’ Lucy Evelyn Cheesman and her collection from western New Guinea at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge Katharina Haslwanter  
22. An early ngatu tahina in Stockholm Nicholas Thomas  
23. Makereti and the Pitt Rivers Museum, 1921–1930, and Beyond Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Jeremy Coote

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