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Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum was published to accompany the groundbreaking Encounters exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, in which rare historic objects collected during encounters between settlers and first peoples are displayed alongside more recent artworks and artefacts made in the communities of origin.
Encounters provides a stunning visual record of these objects, most of which are displayed in Australia for the first time since they were collected. But, more importantly, it frames the objects with the voices of the people whose ancestors first made and used them. In doing so, it reveals how these objects are not just a glimpse of lives past, but continue to be embraced by living cultures today.
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Hardback, reverse quarter bound, section sewn, 268 x 300 mm (portrait), 240 pages, full colour
National Museum of Australia Press, November 2015
Front cover: cantchant (shield), 2015 (detail) depicting the artist’s great-grandfather, George Sibley, by Vernon Ah Kee, collection of the National Museum of Australia, image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.