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The Vatican Museum’s Indigenous Collection


400 Pages, 8.25 x 11.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $40.00 (US $40.00) (CA $54.00)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9788882714116

Rights: US & CA

Aboriginal Studies Press (May 2018)

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The Vatican Museums represent the history of humanity through art, and The Indigenous Australian collection is a little-known and an unexplored part of that story. The collection includes the earliest extant set of Pukumani poles alongside more recent contributions of artworks and cultural objects. The responsibility to culturally reconnect contemporary Indigenous communities to their material heritage is documented in this catalog, which includes essays by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors. Now the Indigenous Collection in this catalog and at the heart of the Vatican Museums invites others to come and learn more about Australian Indigenous cultures.

Author Biography

Katherine Aigner started collaborating with the Vatican Ethnological Museum in 2009. Since then she has researched its indigenous collections and re-connected them with source communities around the world. She curated the permanent display of the Indigenous Australian collection at the Vatican Museums, and currently she is researching their Oceania and Africa collections. Bruce Pascoe is a school teacher, farmer, Director of Commonwealth Australian Studies project, and editor. He published and edited Australian Short Stories quarterly magazine for 16 years, and was joint winner (with David Foster) of Australian Literature Award (1999). Bruce is a member of Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, Bunurong heritage, and is a Board member of Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.