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Distributed for French National Museum Natural History

Ataï, un chef kanak au musée

histoire d’un héritage colonial

Combining colonial history and museum studies, this French-language book explores the history and implications of a particular case of the collection and display of human remains. Ataï was a leader of the indigenous Kanak people of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, who was beheaded in the 1878 uprising against French colonial rule. For more than one hundred years, Ataï’s preserved head was either displayed or studied in a number of French museums, ultimately arriving at the French National Museum of Natural History. In 2014, France repatriated Ataï’s skull to New Caledonia in an act of great political and cultural significance. The book features a preface by celebrated French anthropologist Alban Bensa, who specializes in the Kanak people of New Caledonia.

543 pages | 160 color plates, 65 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2


Architecture: History of Architecture


Table of Contents

Préface de Alban Bensa
De la collecte au don ou la singularité des parcours (1875-1900)
Quand Ataï entre au musée (dix-neuvième siècle)
Ataï, un reste humain au cœur des dialectiques muséales
Liste des illustrations
Index des personnes
Table des matières

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