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Ben Silverstein

Ben Silverstein

Ben Silverstein is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History and Lecturer in Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country. He researches in colonial and Indigenous histories, and is based in the Research Centre for Deep History. He is the author of Governing Natives: Indirect rule and settler colonialism in Australia’s north (Manchester University Press, 2019), editor of Conflict, adaptation, transformation: Richard Broome and the practice of Aboriginal history (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2018), and is a co-editor of the journal Aboriginal History.

Ben Silverstein reviews 'Masked Histories: Turtle shell masks and Torres Strait Islander people' by Leah Lui-Chivizhe

March 2023, no. 451 26 November 2022
Turtles, Leah Lui-Chivizhe shows us in Masked Histories, are at the centre of Torres Strait Islander lives. They follow the Pacific currents and slipstreams, arriving in the Islands in the mating season of surlal, making available their eggs, their meat, their shells. For millennia, marine turtles have provided Islanders with material for subsistence and ceremony – allowing them to practise cere ... (read more)