Masked Histories: Turtle Shell Masks and Torres Strait Islander People

Leah Lui-Chivizhe

Masked Histories: Turtle Shell Masks and Torres Strait Islander People
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Masked Histories: Turtle Shell Masks and Torres Strait Islander People

Leah Lui-Chivizhe

Masked Histories celebrates the remarkable Torres Strait Islander turtle shell masks that were taken or traded by Europeans throughout the nineteenth century. Displayed as curiosities or art in museums and galleries around the world, the Islander knowledges they held were silenced.

Delving into old stories from both Islanders and the foreigners who had travelled to the region, Lui-Chivizhe reanimates the masks with their Islander meaning and purpose and, in so doing, powerfully recreates the past. Masked Histories advances a vivid new history, uncovering the profound importance of the turtle shell masks to all Islanders and revealing much about the people who created them.

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