Fantastic Dreaming: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Mission

Fantastic Dreaming: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Mission

by Jane Lydon The University of Western Australia

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759111042
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Series: Worlds of Archaeology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jane Lydon is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies at Monash University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1. 'they covet not Magnificent Houses, Houshold-stuff' Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Orienting the Wergaia Chapter 4 Chapter 3. The Example of Ebenezer Chapter 5 Chapter 4. 'Fantatic Dreaming:' space, power, and the Mission-house Chapter 6 Chapter 5. 'All these little things:' material culture and domesticity Chapter 7 Chapter 6. After the mission closed, 1904-1930: Antwerp Chapter 8 Chapter 7. 'The outskirts of civilization' 1930-1960s Chapter 9 Chapter 8. 'A handle of a cup:' changing views of the missions

What People are Saying About This

Timothy Murray

Lydon's Fantastic Dreaming represents an important contribution to our understanding of the complexities of cross-cultural exchange in Australian history. Focused on the mission site of Ebenezer in Victoria, Lydon skillfully weaves a story of transformation and persistence that is grounded in a deep engagement with the place, its people, and material culture recovered through survey and excavation. Significantly, Lydon's story acknowledges the importance of Ebenezer to those whose lives it has touched in so many ways, and it provides an exemplar of how researchers and indigenous people can together create compelling history.

Charles E. Orser

This book adds another layer to our increasing understanding of the nuances and subtleties of culture contact and colonialism in all its guises. Lydon provides an account of mission society that is rich in detail and profound in sensitivity. Archaeologists would be wise to emulate her exhaustive research program and her multiscalar, multicultural perspective. She sets a high standard for historical archaeology.

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