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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 1896; the Maori Ethnology Gallery at Wellington’s Dominion Museum in1936, and the introductory display in the Senegal section of the Sub-Saharan Africa Hall at the Musée de l’Homme in 1938.

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