Masked Histories Turtle Shell Masks and Torres Strait Islander People

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2022-08-17
Publisher(s): Melbourne University Press
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Summary

Masked Histories  celebrates the remarkable Torres Strait Islander turtle shell masks that were taken by traded to Europeans throughout the nineteenth century. Displayed as curiosities or art in museums and galleries around the world, the Islander knowledges they held were silenced. Delving into old stories from both Islanders and the foreigners who had travelled to the region, Lui-Chivizhe reanimates the masks with their Islander meaning and purpose.  Masked Histories  uncovers the profound importance of the turtle shell masks to Islanders and reveals much about the beliefs and way of life of the people who created them.

Author Biography

Historian and curator Leah Lui-Chivizhe is a Torres Strait Islander with enduring family connections to the eastern and western Torres Strait. Her research focuses on how nineteenth-century collections from the region can be useful for reconnecting Islanders with our pre-colonial histories of human and other-than-human relations. Leah teaches in indigenous histories at University of Technology, Sydney.

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