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In the pages of Captain Cook’s ‘tapa’ book, a hidden story of stolen culture

A little book, fragrant and full of bark ‘tapa’ cloth, started as an 18th-century curio collected by Captain James Cook on his journeys to the South Pacific. But the swatches tell their own tales of the first trades – sometimes coerced – between cultures, and of an ancient Pacific art form practiced only by women. Clancy Balen and Qiushi Wang kick off our Uncurated podcast series. 

Podcast episode by Qiushi Wang and Clancy Balen

Find more episodes of our Uncurated podcast in the coming weeks here. A new episode drops every Thursday. 

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THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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