238 the contemporary pacific • 30:1 (2018) tributions this volume makes, how- The White Possessive: Property, ever, is in terms of methodology. By Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty, prioritizing storytelling and talking by Aileen Moreton-Robinson. “around” objects (20), the editors Minneapolis: University of Minnesota invite their readers to bring their Press, 2015. isbn 978-0-8166-9216-3, own inter pretations and insights xxiv + 239 pages, notes, publication into the conversation. The book history, index. Cloth, us$94.50; paper, itself is a product of encounters us$27.00. between researchers, objects, Pacific com munities, and readers. These The White Possessive is a power- encounters continue today when ful compilation, bringing together a museums engage Pacific communities decade of previously published writing and their diaspora in these collections. by distinguished Indigenous Australian It is therefore fitting that Artefacts scholar Aileen Moreton- Robinson of Encounter includes contempo- (Goenpul). The book makes a rary artists from the Pacific whom persuasive case that critical indigenous the curators have worked with and studies, as a rising field encompass- whose works engage with issues of ing scholarship by and about issues cross- cultural encounters and colo- relevant to Indigenous peoples glob- nial legacies. Thomas muses over the ally, should pay greater attention
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