Bracelets, blankets and badges of distinction: Aboriginal subjects and Queen Victoria's gifts in Canada and Australia

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Nettelbeck, Amanda. (2016) Bracelets, blankets and badges of distinction: Aboriginal subjects and Queen Victoria's gifts in Canada and Australia. In In S. Carter and M. Nugent (Ed.). Mistress of Everything - Queen Victoria in Indigenous worlds pp. 210 - 227 Manchester University Press. https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526100320.00019
AuthorsNettelbeck, Amanda
EditorsS. Carter and M. Nugent
Abstract

The long period of Queen Victoria’s reign witnessed a range of transitions in conceptions of colonial diplomacy and imperial governance. Gifts exchanged between Aboriginal people and the sovereign or her representatives indicate a great deal about those transitions, as well as about Aboriginal people’s capacity to assert cultural autonomy even as they expressed loyalty to the Crown. This paper compares some of the different contexts in nineteenth-century Canada and Australia where Aboriginal people figured as recipients of the Queen’s gifts, particularly in commemorative moments that celebrated the ideals of Empire and British sovereignty. In considering how these gifts were received and how they circulated, it explores some of the different meanings these gifts might have held, and the potentially unsettled relationships they implied between Aboriginal people and the British Crown.

Page range210 - 227
Year2016
Book titleMistress of Everything - Queen Victoria in Indigenous worlds
PublisherManchester University Press
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9781784991401
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526100320.00019
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85037151499
Research GroupInstitute for Humanities and Social Sciences
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