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This chapter examines the networks of relations that connect the processes of collecting associated with anthropological fieldwork, the processes of ordering effected by museums, and the mechanisms of governance in both metropolitan and colonial contests as interacting components of anthropological assemblages. The nature and operations of such assemblages are illustrated by means of four case studies: Baldwin Spencer’s exhibition in 1901 of the evolution of the Aboriginal throwing stick to the boomerang at the National Museum of Victoria, the life group that Franz Boas arranged for the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians at the American Museum of Natural History in...

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