Shortlist year: 
2021
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
State University of New York Press

About the book

Ceremony Men: Making Ethnography and the Return of the Strehlow Collection by Jason M. Gibson.

'Ceremony Men' investigates the significance of one of Australia's greatest collections of Indigenous song, story, and ceremony—the collections of the linguist and anthropologist T. G. H. Strehlow. By critically interrogating Strehlow's collection in partnership with contemporary Arrernte and Anmatyerr people, the book challenges the centrality asserted by Strehlow in the making of 'his collection'. Gibson restores balance by highlighting the instrumental role played by the many Aboriginal people that guided and educated Strehlow over four decades and illuminates the depth of cultural knowledge maintained by their descendants.