Spanning the late 18th century to the present, this volume explores new directions in imperial and postcolonial histories of conciliation, performance, and conflict between European colonizers and Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Pacific Rim, including Aotearoa New Zealand, Hawaii and the Northwest Pacific Coast. It examines cultural "rituals" and objects; the re-enactments of various events and encounters of exchange, conciliation and diplomacy that occurred on colonial frontiers between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples; commemorations of historic events; and how the histories of colonial conflict and conciliation are politicized in nation-building and national identities.

chapter 1|14 pages

Conciliation and Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Colonial Australia and the Pacific Rim

ByKate Darian-Smith, Penelope Edmonds

part I|78 pages

Encounters and Performances

chapter 2|19 pages

Cross-Cultural Inquiry in 1802

Musical Performance on the Baudin Expedition to Australia
ByJean Fornasiero, John West-Sooby

chapter 3|18 pages

“We Should Take Each Other by the Hand”

Conciliation and Diplomacy in Colonial Australia and North West Canada
ByAmanda Nettelbeck

chapter 4|21 pages


Re-Enacting Possession in North America and Australia
ByKate Darian-Smith

chapter 5|18 pages

Naturally Disturbed

Reimagining the Pastoral Frontier
BySue Kneebone

part II|76 pages

Conciliations and Frontiers

chapter 6|18 pages

The Fainter Land

Photography, Colonialism and Living Pictures
ByJane Lydon

chapter 7|19 pages

Message Sticks and Indigenous Diplomacy

“Thomson’s Treaty” 1 —Brokering Peace on Australia’s Northern Frontier in the 1930s
ByLindy Allen

chapter 8|18 pages

The Australian South Sea Islanders (ASSI)

Towards a Postcolonial Australia?
ByKathleen Mary Fallon

chapter 9|19 pages

Bones as a Bridge between Worlds

Responding with Ceremony to the Repatriation of Aboriginal Human Remains from the United States to Australia
ByMartin Thomas

part III|74 pages

Performing Nationhood

chapter 10|22 pages

Tame Iti at the Confiscation Line

Contesting the Consensus Politics of the Treaty of Waitangi in Aotearoa New Zealand
ByPenelope Edmonds

chapter 11|17 pages

“An Echo of That Other Cry”

Re-Enacting Captain Cook’s First Landing as Conciliation Event
ByMaria Nugent

chapter 12|17 pages

Picturing Collaboration

European Women Photographers and Indigenous Peoples in the Contestation of British and American Imperialism in the Pacific, 1890–1910
ByAnne Maxwell

chapter 13|16 pages

Entertaining Possession

Re-Enacting Cook’s Arrival for the Queen 1
ByKatrina Schlunke