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Objects as archives of a disrupted past : the Lengnangulong sacred stone from Vanuatu in France, revisited

Hugo DeBlock (UGent)
(2020) MUSEUM WORLDS. 8(1). p.88-101
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Objects that were estranged from ex-colonies and are now kept in overseas museums serve as archives of the past, a past largely disrupted by colonialism. For Vanuatu, some objects of cultural heritage that are kept in museums have been recently reconnected to their original places, lineages, and even individual owners. The Lengnangulong sacred stone of Magam Village in North Ambrym is one such object, even though it is only one example in a rich tradition of carved sacred stones. As alienated and contested property in Vanuatu, Lengnangulong is kept and exhibited in the Pavillon des Sessions of the Louvre Museum in Paris, which is a contested exhibition space in itself. Here, I provide an update on discussions regarding ownership and kopiraet (Indigenous copyright) that have been accelerating in Vanuatu in recent years and on claims for repatriation of this important valuable.
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art, cultural property, Lengnangulong, museums, repatriation, Vanuatu

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DeBlock, Hugo. “Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past : The Lengnangulong Sacred Stone from Vanuatu in France, Revisited.” MUSEUM WORLDS, vol. 8, no. 1, 2020, pp. 88–101, doi:10.3167/armw.2020.080107.
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DeBlock, H. (2020). Objects as archives of a disrupted past : the Lengnangulong sacred stone from Vanuatu in France, revisited. MUSEUM WORLDS, 8(1), 88–101. https://doi.org/10.3167/armw.2020.080107
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DeBlock, Hugo. 2020. “Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past : The Lengnangulong Sacred Stone from Vanuatu in France, Revisited.” MUSEUM WORLDS 8 (1): 88–101. https://doi.org/10.3167/armw.2020.080107.
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DeBlock, Hugo. 2020. “Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past : The Lengnangulong Sacred Stone from Vanuatu in France, Revisited.” MUSEUM WORLDS 8 (1): 88–101. doi:10.3167/armw.2020.080107.
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DeBlock H. Objects as archives of a disrupted past : the Lengnangulong sacred stone from Vanuatu in France, revisited. MUSEUM WORLDS. 2020;8(1):88–101.
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H. DeBlock, “Objects as archives of a disrupted past : the Lengnangulong sacred stone from Vanuatu in France, revisited,” MUSEUM WORLDS, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 88–101, 2020.
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