Ataï, un chef kanak au musée

histoire d’un héritage colonial

Christelle Patin

Ataï, un chef kanak au musée

Christelle Patin

Distributed for French National Museum of Natural History

543 pages | 160 color plates, 65 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9782856538869 Will Publish October 2020 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Contents
Préface de Alban Bensa
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Annexes
Remerciements
Bibliographie
Liste des illustrations
Index des personnes
Table des matières
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