Arts and Crafts of Torres Strait

Arts and Crafts of Torres Strait

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Torres Strait lies between Australia and Papua New Guinea, a channel connecting the Indian and Pacific oceans, in which lie over a hundred small islands. In this study of the artefacts of the Torres Strait Islands, David Moore considers the utilitarian, religious, recreational, personal, commercial and military products of the island craftsmen and their applications and usage in the many aspects of island life. The book begins with a history of the people and their first contact with Europeans and ends with an analysis of the post-contact developments up to the present day. David R. Moore graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge with an honours in the Classical Tripos.He took an anthropology and prehistory course at the University of Sydney, being awarded the Diploma of Anthropology. He became Curator of Anthropology at the Australian Museum in Sydney and this gave him the opportunity to concentrate his research on the Torres Strait, and worked on the establishment of a Torres Strait Museum and Cultural Centre on Thursday Island.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 150.1 x 212.1 x 5.6mm | 140.62g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations, plans, transparencies, bibliography, index
  • 0747800073
  • 9780747800071

Table of contents

Introduction; The search for food; Religion and magic; Recreations; Personal Adornment; Trade; Warfare; Post-contact developments; Museums; Further readingshow more

About David R. Moore

David R Moore was educated at St John's School, Leatherhead and Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating with honours in the Classical Tripos in 1939. In 1949 he went to Australia, where he was assistant director on two films in which many Aborigines appeared. This stimulated his interest in anthropology, and after an interlude in publishing, he took the anthropology and prehistory course at the University of Sydney, being awarded the Diploma in Anthropology. In 1965 he became Curator of Anthropology at the Australian Museum in Sydney and this gave him the opportunity to concentrate his research on Torres Strait.show more