chapter  8
20 Pages

Cultural content

WithStolte Gretchen M.

The tradition of elders sitting down and talking to youths, explaining protocols and reinforcing cultural norms was never really a tradition. The findings of the content analysis make up in part the evidence for examining ideologies of culture and how they play out in the visual material as well as how art and identity production are linked. Torres Strait Islanders have fought and worked hard for recognition of their unique culture in the mainstream. Results from the content analysis show the differences in cultural representation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks. Torres Strait Islander material culture is located in collections all over the world, with the majority of the oldest and most unique objects held overseas. Torres Strait dance is filled with symbolism and cultural meaning but nothing is more iconic for Islanders than the dhari.