Aboriginal Wooden Artefact
Provide a 6 pages analysis while answering the following question: Aboriginal Wooden Artefact. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Native Australian art forms have received renewed interest in recent decades, with anthropologists and historians arriving at a refined understanding of them. Of particular interest are the emphasis on artistic style and environmental sensitivity displayed by artefacts. Recent research on this interesting field was made possible through the analysis of numerous aboriginal wooden artefacts traded between European and Aboriginal Australians in South East Australia during the time of colonization of the continent. For example, in the comprehensive study carried out by research team of Tacon et.al, thirty objects were studied, 17 (56%) being boomerangs, 4 (13%) clubs, 3 (10%) shields, 3 (10%) walking sticks, 2 (7%) clap sticks and one spear thrower. On these, there are 119 animal depictions, nearly half (47%) being emus or humans. A total of 28 objects were illustrated. There are a few floral motifs, trees and a tree branch, as well as six landscape settings with animals, trees and topography. (Tacon, et.al, 2003, p.91) This essay will focus on one particular aboriginal wooden artefact, namely the boomerang, and broaden its understanding through the lens of style and environment.Firstly, although recent studies have included wooden objects with figurative designs, as well as their links to the earlier ground, tree and rock-art traditions, ethnographic documentation of them in and of itself does not lead to a complete understanding of their cultural evolution. The research team of Tacon et.al carefully studied 469 individual pieces of wooden artefacts (a substantial number of them being boomerangs) by also considering the development of the individual, community and regional styles. They arrived at a theory about the role of such material culture during changing times in south-east Australia.More generally, they argue that material culture both mediate and express change, with figurative motifs and storytelling through pictures particularly effective when communicating to diverse groups of people of varying cultural and linguistic backgrounds. (Tacon, et.al, 2003, p.89) .
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