Australian Centre for Indigenous History
School of History
The ABC published an article today titled, 'A shield, some spears, and the symbolism people find in the stuff the British stole', which draws on research conducted by ACIH Co-Director Maria Nugent into the possible origins of, as well as the layers of meanings applied to, an Aboriginal shield held in the British Museum.
The ABC article summarises the content of a recent podcast episode about this so-called 'Gweagal Shield'. The episode was broadcast on ABC Radio National as part of Marc Fennel's series, Stuff the British Stole. Dr Nugent was interviewed for the episode and invited to share insights from a paper she co-wrote with Indigenous curator Gaye Sculthorpe: 'A Shield Loaded with History: Encounters, Objects and Exhibitions'.
Dr Nugent's argument is about trying to 'loosen this idea that things associated with Cook have greater value than other things.'
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