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Cannibal Forking

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If you have a question about this talk, please contact Alana Jelinek.

Artist Alana Jelinek was intrigued by the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology’s collection of cannibal forks. When they were collected in the nineteenth century, it was thought they were evidence of cannibalism in the South Pacific but the history is more complicated than that. Alana’s artwork, ‘Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks’ explores these myths and the realities derived from anthropological research. Free events all day. No booking required for films and talks.

  • Making cannibal forks with artist Alana Jelinek – all day 10.00-16.30 (including art work, ‘Tall Stories:Cannibal Forks’ 2010)
  • 13.00 – Dr Lucie Carreau talk (45mins) ‘Cannibal encounters: museums, objects and photographs’
  • 14.00 – ‘Cannibal Tours’ film screening (70mins), dir Dennis O’Rourke, 1988
  • 15.30 – Dr Anita Herle talk (45mins)

Join artist, Alana Jelinek, re-staging her successful ‘Cannibal Forking’. Participants will carve their own cannibal forks over a day, learning the necessary green wood working skills, using native English woods, while discussing the history and perception of ‘cannibal forks’ from the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology’s collection. A wider audience is invited to drop by and join in the discussion about these contested objects. The day will be punctuated by talks from Dr Lucie Carreau and Dr Anita Herle about their anthropology research into Fiji and the South Pacific region plus a screening of the 1988 film, ‘Cannibal Tours’.

To book a place on Alana Jelinek’s ‘Cannibal Forking’, please email Liz Haslemere: or telephone: 01223 764956 or 01223 333516. All other events on the day are drop-in. Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science .

This talk is part of the Creative Research at Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology series.

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