Research Output per year
Dr Stolte is a Nimi’ipuu (Nez Perce) American Indian and has degrees in art history and anthropology focusing on the material culture of First Nations peoples both in North America and Australia. Gretchen’s PhD research focused on the relationship between images and identity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in urban and regional centres around Cairns, Queensland. Her research will be published in a monograph to be available in March, 2020.
Dr Stolte is interested in how cultural protocols fit into the creation of contemporary artworks, how those protocols were arrived at, what sort of cultural consultation was involved, and how conflicts in consultation were negotiated. Aside from artworks such as paintings, linoprints, batiks, carvings and sculptures, Dr Stolte is also interested in looking at dance, costumes, fashion and beadwork.
Since obtaining her PhD, Dr Stolte has co-curated a major exhibition on bark paintings from Arnhem Land. After the successful launch of that exhibit, she focused on cultural collection databases and how they can help facilitate richer ethnographic understandings between Indigenous communities with museums and galleries holding their material culture. She has taught material culture courses at the University of Canberra in their Cultural Heritage and Preservation department and ihas supervised an honours student within that department. She has also taught Indigenous Studies at the University of Canberra and is well-published on the cultural copyright of First Nation material culture.
Dr Stolte is currently the Berndt Foundation Research Fellow at the Berndt Museum and the Anthropology and Sociology Department at the University of Western Australia. Through this project, she hopes to further explore Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal strung objects in the Berndt collection.
Anthropology, Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
1 Feb 2009 → 13 Dec 2013
Anthropology, Masters of Anthropology, coursework, Australian National University
1 Feb 2008 → 13 Dec 2008
Art History, Bachelor of Arts, with honours, University of Oregon
1 Sep 2002 → 17 Jun 2006
- Creative Arts
- Material Culture
- museums and heritage studies
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research
Developing approaches for understanding Indigenous Australian glass bead use during the contact periodWesley, D., Litster, M. & Stolte, G., 2018, Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives. Langley, M., Litster, M., Wright, D. & May, S. K. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, p. 299-318
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