Conflict, and how to survive it or avoid it, are central concerns of all societies. War- and Peace- making is about much more than the beginning and end of a battle, concerned with the making and breaking of alliances, the transfer or maintenance of power, and the livelihoods of those affected by it. Conflict is also part of the history of many early ethnographic collections, amassed at a time of imperialism and the bringing of new languages, gods and religions to different parts of the world. The collections at the Horniman reflect these tensions, telling global and local stories: from high status shell inlaid clubs and expensive war-booty, to tomahawk peace pipes and amulets to protect from night-time raiders.
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project theme: Collections People Stories: Anthropology Reconsidered
- Record created 2013-05-18 by RSHEPHERD
- Record last updated 2016-06-08 by RJENNINGS
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