Mutable things: colours as material practice in the north west of South Australia

Young, Diana (2011) Mutable things: colours as material practice in the north west of South Australia. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 17 2: 356-376. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9655.2011.01684.x

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Author Young, Diana
Title Mutable things: colours as material practice in the north west of South Australia
Journal name Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-0987
1467-9655
Publication date 2011-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2011.01684.x
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 356
End page 376
Total pages 21
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article details the material colour practices of Anangu (Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people) living in the east of the Western Desert, to show how coloured things have been instrumental inremaking their lives post contact with the colonizers. I argue here that ‘colour’ is a cultural invention. Brightly coloured things, such as cloth and paints, were eagerly appropriated by Aboriginal people when these were imported during the colonization of Australia. Material colours, including consumer goods, have become integral to Anangu’s conception of their own humanity in the contemporary world. For Anangu, colours manifest the mutability of things and sequences of colour transformations are states of becoming.
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Additional Notes Article first published online 3 May 2011.

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