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Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art
by Sally Butler

"What determines "traditional" Aboriginal art in an era when modern media--such as aluminum, acrylic paint, and even cast-off fishing nets--is preferred by contemporary artists? What is the relationship between artworks that share similar forms, but whose ceremonial functions of the past wither beneath the imperatives of cultural and socio-economic survival in the 21st century? "This compelling book considers these issues within the context of unique, stunning art from the remote north Queensland Aboriginal community of Aurukun. It explains how Aurukun art production absorbed the colonial impact of mission and government intervention throughout the 20th century and provides the powerful visual symbols for the political struggles of the Wik people to regain land ownership and social justice. Extensive high-quality reproductions of Aurukun's charismatic carvings, weavings, and paintings illustrate the inspiring connections between art and life, and demonstrate how a reinvention of artistic tradition fuels creativity and innovation in keeping culture relevant and vibrant.

Paperback, 2010, 2010, 160pages, ex-lib in good condition
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