Woven Lives and Threads of Reckoning: an afterword

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The Close-knit connection of each row gives the woven object its strength, the connection that family members have for each other is as strong as the woven object.1

Our lives are storied through memory fragments that are threaded and woven, interrelated and broken, and above all unending. These fragments stockpile an intuitive arsenal across time; an embodied archive that is grounded and infinite, like a bottomless well, or a map that is impossible to trace towards one specific origin or life-source. This archive is our blood-memory.2 It is our corporeal connectedness to people, Country, events and place. It is our sense of belonging and 'relationality' centred through ways of knowing, being and doing; learnt through 'reciprocity, obligation, shared experiences, coexistence, cooperation and social memory'; and grounded in holistic interconnectedness between and among all living things.3
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAncestors, Artefacts, Empire
Subtitle of host publicationIndigenous Australia in British and Irish Museums
EditorsGaye Sculthorpe, Maria Nugent, Howard Morphy
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherBritish Museum Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780714124902
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • History
  • Museum
  • Archive
  • Colonialism


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