Masked Histories: Turtle Shell Masks and Torres Strait Islander People (Paperback)

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Masked Histories: Turtle Shell Masks and Torres Strait Islander People (Paperback)

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Masked Histories celebrates the remarkable Torres Strait Islander turtle shell masks that were taken by traded to Europeans throughout the nineteenth century. Displayed as curiosities or art in museums and galleries around the world, the Islander knowledges they held were silenced. Delving into old stories from both Islanders and the foreigners who had travelled to the region, Lui-Chivizhe reanimates the masks with their Islander meaning and purpose. Masked Histories uncovers the profound importance of the turtle shell masks to Islanders and reveals much about the beliefs and way of life of the people who created them.
Historian and curator Leah Lui-Chivizhe is a Torres Strait Islander with enduring family connections to the eastern and western Torres Strait. Her research focuses on how nineteenth-century collections from the region can be useful for reconnecting Islanders with our pre-colonial histories of human and other-than-human relations. Leah teaches in indigenous histories at University of Technology, Sydney.
Product Details ISBN: 9780522877953
ISBN-10: 0522877958
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publication Date: August 17th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English
"This is an interesting book that, because of its novelty and its intrinsic interest, most readers will find very satisfactory indeed. A fresh, vigorous book.” —QRC

Masked Histories is a wonderful journey into the heart of the Torres Strait islands. Leah Lui-Chivizhe places turtle-shell masks at the centre of her cultural history as she peels away layers of a colonial past and present to reveal a humanity that pulsates with both life and sadness. A ground-breaking history.”—JULIA HORNE, HISTORIAN, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY