Objects Collecting People

Eds. Kristina Tohmo, Johanna Perheentupa and Matt Poll, 2019

The publication Objects Collecting People tracks the journey of objects that were made by the Arrernte people of Australia. A German missionary Oskar Liebler, who was working in Hermannsburg in central Australia in the early 20th century, collected nearly 2,000 cultural objects from the local first peoples. Part of his collection ended up in Finland. A hundred years later, in June 2018, members of the Arrernte community, Lofty Katakarinja and Shaun Angeles, travelled to Finland to reconnect with their lost cultural heritage. 

The publication is based on several years of cooperation between the Helinä Rautavaara Museum, the National Museum of Finland, the Strehlow Research Centre, Sydney University, and Nura Gili: Centre for Indigenous Programs (UNSW). The collaboration was funded by Kone Foundation.

The English-language publication is on sale in the Museum Shop or can be read on the Museum’s Issuu account.

Read the publication: Objects Collecting People (ISSUU.com)