Abstract

In 1995 a plaited pandanus textile was repatriated from the Australian Museum to the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. During the process questions about the textile's specific place of manufacture arose. The Australian Museum records indicated that it was a girl's dress collected from the northern part of Pentecost Island. However, through discussions with women fieldworkers from the Vanuatu Cultural Centre about variations in methods of manufacture and designs in different parts of Vanuatu it became clear it was a special type of textile called baru from Maewo which was no longer made. The return of the baru stimulated redefinition of what was known about such objects. For the Cultural Centre fieldworkers it drew attention to items in danger of being no longer made, of loss of skills and knowledge. Accounts of transactions such as this demonstrate both the complexity and the importance of the elationships that can flow through and around museums.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Bolton, 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 29: 31–36
Author
Lissant Bolton
Year
2004
Title
The effect of objects: the return of a north Vanuatu textile from the Australian Museum to the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. In A Pacific Odyssey: Archaeology and Anthropology in the Western Pacific. Papers in Honour of Jim Specht
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume
29
Start Page
31
End Page
36
DOI
10.3853/j.0812-7387.29.2004.1399
Language
English
Date Published
19 May 2004
Cover Date
19 May 2004
ISBN
ISBN 0-9750476-2-0 (printed), ISBN 0-9750476-3-9 (online)
ISSN
0812-7387
CODEN
RAMSEZ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ANTHROPOLOGY
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19 May 2004
Available Online
19 May 2004
Reference Number
1399
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