The Past in Objects

Janet Hoskins

in The Play of Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080034
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919136 | DOI:
The Past in Objects

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Local knowledge of the past is organized not only in narrative, but also in the visual and tactile traces left by past events: heirloom objects, features of the landscape, the special relationship established with a particular animal or location. This chapter begins with the “archive of the past” that is found in the Kodi world of objects, examining first the principles by which that world is constituted and then how certain objects have changed in their relations over time. In examining the role of objects to represent the past, one moves into the realm of remembered time and documented historical events, for at issue now is the shifting diarchic balance established between an object identified as “indigenous” and one brought by Dutch conquerors.

Keywords: past; Kodi; world; objects; time; Dutch; conquerors

Chapter.  10229 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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