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T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Knowledge

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1. Title Title of document T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Knowledge - Restoring the Chain of Memory
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Cox; University of Edinburgh
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Australian Aboriginal Religions; anthropology
4. Subject Keyword(s) T.G.H. Strehlow; Australian Aboriginal religions; Arrernte; insider/outsider; repatriation of knowledge; Alice Springs; indigenous culture
5. Subject Subject classification Australian Aboriginal Religions
6. Description Abstract Repatriation often is associated with returning to their rightful owners the remains of Indigenous individuals or objects that were held sacred by members of the society. During colonial times such artefacts had been taken from Indigenous peoples and transported to museums or other sites, often located in Europe or in the major cities of the countries that had been established by colonial authority. It is a complicated process to determine who are the ‘owners’ of the objects returned and where they should be housed. In the case of T.G.H. Strehlow, numerous objects that were used in rituals were given to him, many of which in recent years have been returned to the Elders and are kept in the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs. What may be more significant in the case of Strehlow is what is being called the ‘repatriation of knowledge’. Strehlow collected a vast amount of data in the form of recordings, writings, translations, films, notes, photographs and genealogies. This chapter describes how Strehlow’s records are being used by the repatriation team located at the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs and how his Collection is being consulted by Indigenous families and Elders. Interviews by the author with leaders in the repatriation project are included, as well as citations from public presentations conducted by Indigenous workers at the Strehlow Research Centre.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 26-Mar-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.27450
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Restoring the Chain of Memory
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Australia,
twentieth century
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd