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  1. Expedition as Time Capsule: Introducing the American–Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (PDF, 387KB) Martin Thomas

Part I. Engagements with Aboriginal Cultures

  1. Inside Mountford’s Tent: Paint, politics and paperwork (PDF, 404KB)Philip Jones
  2. Nation Building or Cold War: Political settings for the Arnhem Land Expedition (PDF, 167KB) Kim Beazley
  3. A Robinson Crusoe in Arnhem Land: Howell Walker, National Geographic and the Arnhem Land Expedition of 1948 (PDF, 185KB)Mark Collins Jenkins
  4. Birds on the Wire: Wild sound, informal speech and the emergence of the radio documentary (PDF, 360KB)Tony MacGregor
  5. From Kunnanj, Fish Creek, to Mumeka, Mann River: Hunter-gatherer tradition and transformation in Western Arnhem Land, 1948–2009 (PDF, 601KB)Jon Altman
  6. Making a Sea Change: Rock art, archaeology and the enduring legacy of Frederick McCarthy’s research on Groote Eylandt (PDF, 332KB)Anne Clarke and Ursula Frederick
  7. Ecology and the Arnhem Land Expedition: Raymond Specht, a botanist in the field (PDF, 242KB)Lynne McCarthy
  8. Piecing the History Together: An overview of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition (PDF, 378KB) Sally K. May

Part II. Collectors and Collections

  1. The String Figures of Yirrkala: Examination of a legacy (PDF, 454KB)Robyn McKenzie
  2. The Forgotten Collection: Baskets reveal histories (PDF, 430KB)Louise Hamby
  3. Hidden for Sixty Years: The motion pictures of the American–Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (PDF, 179KB)Joshua Harris
  4. The Responsibilities of Leadership: The records of Charles P. Mountford (PDF, 269KB)Denise Chapman and Suzy Russell
  5. Beneath the Billabongs: The scientific legacy of Robert Rush Miller (PDF, 841KB)Gifford Hubbs Miller and Robert Charles Cashner
  6. An Insider’s Perspective: Raymond Louis Specht’s oral history (PDF, 310KB)Edited and introduced by Margo Daly

Part III. Aboriginal Engagements with the Expedition

  1. The American Clever Man (Marrkijbu Burdan Merika) (PDF, 245KB)Bruce Birch
  2. Missing the Revolution! Negotiating disclosure on the pre-Macassans (Bayini) in North-East Arnhem Land (PDF, 252KB)Ian S. McIntosh
  3. Aural Snapshots of Musical Life: The 1948 recordings (PDF, 806KB)Linda Barwick and Allan Marett
  4. Unpacking the Testimony of Gerald Blitner: Cross-cultural brokerage and the Arnhem Land Expedition (PDF, 1.3MB)Martin Thomas
  5. The Forbidden Gaze: The 1948 Wubarr ceremony performed for the American–Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (PDF, 231KB)Murray Garde
  6. Epilogue: Sifting the silence (PDF, 334KB)Margo Neale