ONLINE: Assessing Indigenous Reactions to Ethnographic Collection in New Guinea



Presented by Rainer F. Buschmann, Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands (CI)
Colonial officials, commercial companies, and missionaries as well as professional ethnographers, took an estimated 300,000 artifacts out of the northwestern corner of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and the northern Solomon Islands, making the colony of German New Guinea (1884-1914) one of the most collected areas in an ethnographic sense. The purpose of this talk is to embark on the difficult assessment of the indigenous reaction to this large-scale ethnographic activity to reveal what was exchanged, what was kept, and what was outright stolen. The exercise serves as an important contribution to the increasing call for provenience history of artifacts collected during the New Imperialism and promises to reveal a new entangled cultural history of the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Location: ONLINE
Ticketed Event: Member $5 | General $10 | Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation at 12:30 PM on the day of the program.

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Event details

November 15, 2020 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm