Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation

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'It is certainly worth investing in the fully illustrated and densely informative - and when it comes to the more brutal facts, unflinching - catalogue'  The Times

Bark painting of a barramundi, Western Arnhem Land, c. 1961 - Indigenous Australia at British Museum


This book showcases the beauty and knowledge embodied in works of art and everyday life from Indigenous Australia. Wide-ranging in its view, 
practical objects such as spear-throwers are explored together with magnificent works of art, such as Uta Uta Tjangala’s Yumari (1981) – a masterpiece now featured on the Australian passport. 

Published to accompany the first major UK exhibition on Indigenous Australia at the British Museum, this publication explores the profound impact and legacy of colonialism, the nature of collecting and the changing meaning of objects now in the collection of the British Museum.

  • Author: Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator, Oceania, British Museum
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Date published: April 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714126944
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm

★★★★★ 'a fabulous beast'  - The Guardian

★★★★ 'a wonderful journey deep into the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in mainland Australia and in the Torres Straits Islands' - The Evening Standard

'Indigenous Australia is both a history of colonial dispossession and a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survival' - The Australian

'groundbreaking in its scope' - Culture Whisper