Artefacts of encounter : Cook's voyages, colonial collecting and museum histories /Publisher: Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press, 2016Description: 348 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cmISBN:
- GN662 .A784 2016
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Includes bibliographical references.
pt. 1. Encountering artefacts: Introduction / Nicholas Thomas & Julie Adams -- 'Weapons, utensils and Manufactures of various kinds': Cambridge collections / Nicholas Thomas & Amiria Salmond -- Relating to, and through, Polynesian collections / Billie Lythberg, Maia Nuku & Amiria Salmond -- Artificial curiosities and travelling instruments / Simon Schaffer -- Witness: the photography of Mark Adams.
pt. 2. Cook's first voyage: A string of iridescent green shells -- artefacts from Tierra del Fuego -- An early 'ornamental carving' -- Divine archery -- A bow, quiver and arrows from Tahiti -- 'A breastplate ... for War or Mourning' -- Tahitian feather gorgets -- 'Their method of Tattowing I shall now describe' -- Tattoo instruments from Tahiti -- 'A smal quantity of cloth' -- Glazed barkcloth from the Austral islands -- Ancestral threads -- Seven Māori cloaks -- 'Bludgeons from New Zealand' -- Māori hand weapons -- 'A New Zealand Warrior in his Proper Dress' -- Māori belts -- 'Their paddles were curiously stained' -- Two Māori paddles from the East Coast -- 'They throw'd two darts at us' -- Spears from Botany Bay -- The splendid land / John Pule.
pt. 3. Cook's Second and Third Voyages, and the Voyage of George Vancouver: Introduction -- A Māori shell trumpet at Cambridge / Peter Gathercole, with postscript by Amiria Salmond -- 'One threw a dart at us' -- Four artefacts from Niue --'Long has he used the fue' -- A Tongan fly whisk (fue kafa) --'The beauties of their own exquisite forms' -- Tongan adornment -- 'An aristocrat among Tongan pillows' -- Tongan headrests -- 'All made with surpriseing neatness' -- Tongan clubs --'Such was the prevailing passion for curiosities' -- Cook voyage collections from Melanesia -- A Nuu-chah-hulth chief's rattle -- A bird rattle from Nootka Sound --Wooden armour -- An Alutiiq (Chugach) cuirass -- 'The quivers were extremely beautiful' -- A reindeer-skin Chukchi quiver -- Between worlds -- A Northwest Coast comb --Ceremonia whalebone weapons -- A Nuu-chah-nulth club -- 'We found them superior to our own' -- Hawaiian fishhooks and early encounters -- Travelling the world -- A wooden figure from the Hawaiian Islands -- Protextive poser -- A feather helmet from the Hawaiian Islands -- 'A fascination for barkcloth' -- The first eighteenth-century barkcloth book -- Ava'uli, Avonoa and Pekepekaniume / Semisi Fetokai Potuaine.
pt. 4. Missionaries and travellers: Introduction -- Implements of New South Wales -- Artefacts from the First Fleet? -- 'As much as three men could lift' -- A bale of barkcloth from Tahiti -- 'For they say ... he comes down in a whirlwind' -- Four sacred fans from the Austral Islands -- 'Fine fancy and delicate taste' -- The Queen of Ra'iatea's royal robe -- Instantiating divinity -- A spectacular 'warrior's cap' from the Cook Islands -- Galvanising the gods -- A pearlshell and feather mask from Tahiti -- The potency of Tangaroa -- Two whalebone and whale ivory necklaces -- 'The God has arrived safely this afternoon' -- A Cook Islands god image -- From father to son -- Three Māori carvings --'They set to work to furnish them' -- A Quaker traveller's Rarotongan fan -- Intricate objects, intricate relationships -- A Fijian paddle-shaped blub --Maru, Kahukura and Hukere -- Three named 'god-sticks' from New Zealand -- From chief to chief -- the biography of a Fijian breastplate -- Early artefacts from Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand -- 'A superb feather cloak' -- Kamehameha II's royal visit to Britain -- He tautoko / Lisa Reihana -- Epilogue: Exhibiting encounter / Nicholas Thomas -- Perspex Patu / George Nuku.
pt. 5. A Catalogue of the Early Pacific Collections at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge -- Appendix: The Trinity College Inventory.
The Pacific artefacts and works of art collected during the three voyages of Captain James Cook and the navigators, traders and missionaries who followed him are of foundational importance for the study of art and culture in Oceania. These collections are representative not only of technologies or belief systems but of indigenous cultures at the formative stages of their modern histories, and exemplify Islanders' institutions, cosmologies and social relationships. Recently, scholars from the Pacific and further afield, working with Pacific artefacts at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge (MAA), have set out to challenge and rethink some longstanding assumptions on their significance. The Cook voyage collection at the MAA is among the four or five most important in the world, containing over 200 of the 2000-odd objects with Cook voyage provenance that are dispersed throughout the world. The collection includes some 100 artefacts dating from Cook's first voyage. This stunning book catalogues this collection, and its cutting-edge scholarship sheds new light on the significance of many artefacts of encounter.