Cross-Cultural Histories: Decorated Boomerangs, Shields and Chairs
ADFAS arts lecture by Darren Jorgenson.
How Aboriginal carving was part of forging a cultural identity.
This lecture looks at the way in which new kinds of craft appeared on the cultural frontiers of Australia. Along the telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin, and along the railway line from Adelaide to Perth new types of decorated boomerangs, shields, and walking sticks, as well as animal carvings, were developed for a new, cross-cultural market for Aborignalia. Looking into the longer history of this market, in early examples from pastoral stations and missions, can tell us a lot about early relations between settlers and Indigenous people.
Darren Jorgensen lectures in art history at the University of Western Australia. He teaches, edits and writes on Australian art history, Chinese contemporary art, popular music and science fiction studies, but his publications are largely focused on Western Desert painting, a topic for which he is widely published.