Books and Edited Volumes:
Experiments in Self-Determination: Histories of the Outstation Movement in Australia. Edited volume with Nicolas Peterson Canberra: Australian National University Press. 2016.
Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art. Durham: Duke University Press. 2002
The Empire of Things: Regimes of Value and Material Culture. Edited volume. Santa Fe: SAR Press. 2001
The Traffic in Culture: Refiguring Anthropology and Art. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1995
Pintupi Country, Pintupi Self: Sentiment, Place, and Politics among Western Desert Aborigines. Smithsonian Institution Press, Wash., D.C. (reprinted in paperback by University of California Press, 1991) 1986.
Remembering Yayayi. Directors, Pip Deveson, Fred Myers, Ian Dunlop.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters:
2017 “Exhibiting Culture at the Boundary: The Fetish of Early Papunya Boards.” In L.Scholes, ed. Tjungungutja: From Having Come Together. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
2017 “Whose Story Is It? Complexities and Complicities of Using Archival Footage.” In J. Anderson and H. Geismar, eds. The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property. Routledge Press. Pp. 168-93.
2016 “Burning the Truck and Holding the Country: Pintupi Forms of Property and Identity.” HAU – Journal of Ethnographic Theory, vol 6, no. 1: 69-90. Reprinted from 1989, Wilmsen, We Are Here.
2016 “Doubling.” In Stephen Gilchrist, ed. Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia. Yale University Press. New Haven. Pp 52-59.
2016 “The Origins and History of Outstations as Aboriginal Life Projects.” In N. Peterson and F. Myers, eds. Experiments in Self-Determination: Histories of the Outstation Movement in Australia. ANU Press. Canberra. Pp 1-22.
2016 “History, Memory and the Politics of Self-Determination in an Early Outstation”. In N. Peterson and F. Myers, eds. Experiments in Self-Determination: Histories of the Outstation Movement in Australia. ANU Press. Canberra. Pp. 81-103.
2015 “Cultural Anthropology, 1992-1996.” Cultural Anthropology 30, 2:
2015 “Paintings, Publics and Protocols: the Early Paintings from Papunya.” Material Culture Review/ Revue de la Culture Materielle., vol. 79, Spring: 78-91. .
------- and Luke Scholes
2015. “Powerful Presence: Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri in Presence and in Paint.” In H. Skerritt, ed. No Boundaries: Contemporary Aboriginal Abstract Art from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection. Nevada Museum of Art. Pp 132-145. Prestel Publishing.
2014 “Showing Too Much or Too Little: Predicaments of Painting Indigenous Presence in Central Australia.” In Glenn Penny and Laura Graham, eds. Performing Indigeneity. University of Nebraska Press. Pp. 351-389.
2013 “ Disturbances in the Field: Exhibiting Aboriginal Art in the US.” Special Issue, Journal of Sociology. vol. 43 (2-3): 151-172
2013 “ Emplacement and Displacement: Perceiving the Landscape through Aboriginal Australian Acrylic Painting.” Ethnos 78, 4:
2012 “Censorship from Below: Aboriginal Art in Australian Museums. In T. Berman, ed. No Deal: Indigenous Arts and The Politics of Possession. Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research.
2011 “ Translating Indigenous Protocol.” In P. Batty and J. Ryan, eds. Tjukurrtjanu. National Gallery of Victoria. Pp. ix-xi.
2011 “Intrigue of the Archive, Enigma of the Object.” In P. Batty and J. Ryan, eds. Tjukurrtjanu. National Gallery of Victoria. Pp 29-42.
2011 “ Fathers and Sons, Trajectories of the Self: Reflections on Pintupi Lives and Futures." In Ute Eickelkamp and Pauline Fietz, eds. Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence. Berghahn Books, Oxford. Pp 82-100.
2010 “What Did Paintings Want? – Pintupi Painting at Yayayi in the 1970s.” In Kasper Konig, W. Falk and E. Evans, ed. Remember Forward. Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Pp. 136-145.
2010 “ All Around Australia and Overseas: Christianity and Indigenous Identities in Central Australia 1988." For Special issue of The Australian Journal of Anthropology, edited by F. Dussart and C. Schwarz, In Dialogue with Christianities. Volume 21: 110-128.
2009 “The Power of Papunya Painting.” Aboriginal Art Magazine, volume 1, no. 1: 40-45.
2009 “Graceful Transfigurations of Person, Place and Story: The Stylistic Evolution of Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi.” In Roger Benjamin, ed. Icons of the Desert. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Pp. 51-64.
2008 Comment on Michael Brown, “Cultural Relativism 2.0,” Current Anthropology vol 49: 376-377.
2007 “A Day in the Life: Painting at Yayayi 1974”. In Vivien Johnson, ed. Papunya Painting; Out of the Desert. Canberra: National Museum of Australia. 5 pages.
------- in collaboration with Jeremy Long
2007 “In Recognition: The Gift of Painting.” In Hetti Perkins, ed. One Sun, One Moon: Aboriginal Art in Australia. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales. Pp. 171-180.
2006 " The Complicity of Cultural Production: The Contingencies of Performance in Globalizing Museum Practices." In Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz, eds. Museum Frictions. Duke University Press. Pp 505-536. 2006.
2006 “ We Are Not Alone: Anthropology in a World of Others.” Invited essay, Key Informants in the History of Anthropology. Ethnos 71 (2): 233-264.
------- and Faye Ginsburg
2006 “ A History of Aboriginal Futures.” Critique of Anthropology. 26 (1): 27-45.
2006 “ ’Primitivism,’ Anthropology and the Category of ‘Primitive Art’.” In Handbook of Material Culture. Chris Tilley, Susanne Kuechler, Michael Rowlands, Webb Keane and Patricia Spyer, eds. Sage Press. Pp 267-284,
2006 “ Collecting Aboriginal Art in the Australian Nation-state: Two Case Studies.” Visual Anthropology Review, Vol 21, 1 and 2: 116-137.
2004 “ Ontologies Of The Image And Economies Of Exchange.” American Ethnologist, February, volume 31 (1): 1-16.
2000 “Ways of Placemaking.” In Howard Morphy and Katherine Flynt, eds. Culture, Landscape, and the Environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pps. 72-110.
1999 " Aesthetics and Practice: A Local Art History of Pintupi Painting." In H. Morphy and M. Boles, eds. The Art of Place: Dialogues with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
1994 " Culture-Making: Performing Aboriginality in the Asia Society Gallery." American Ethnologist 21(4) 679-699.
1991 "Representing Culture: The Production of Discourse(s) for Aboriginal Acrylic Paintings." Cultural Anthropology, 6 (1):26-62. (reprinted in Rereading Cultural Anthropology, G. Marcus, ed. Durham: Duke University Press. 1992 and in The Traffic in Culture, Marcus and Myers, eds)
1988 " Locating Ethnographic Practice: Romance, Reality, and Politics in the Outback." American Ethnologist, 15: 609-24. 1988.
1988 “Burning the Truck and Holding the Country: Forms of Property, Time, and the Negotiation of Identity among Pintupi Aborigines." In T. Ingold, D. Riches, and J. Woodburn (eds), Hunter- Gatherers, II: Property, Power and Ideology. London: Berg Publishing. (longer version [ In] E. Wilmsen, ed., We Are Here. Berkeley: University of California Press.) 1988.
1986 "Reflections on a meeting: Structure, language, and the polity in a small-scale society," American Ethnologist, 13: 431-447.
1985 "Illusion and Reality: Aboriginal Self-Determination in Central Australia." In C. Schrire and R. Gordon, eds., The Future of Former Foragers. Cambridge: Cultural Survival. pp 109-121
------ and Donald Brenneis
1984 "Introduction: Language and Politics in the Pacific." In D. Brenneis and F. Myers, eds., Dangerous Words.
1982 " Always Ask: Resource Use and Landownership among the Pintupi of Central Australia." In N. Williams and E. Hunn, eds., Resource Managers: North American and Australian Hunter-Gatherers. Boulder: Westview Press. (republished by Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. 1986)
1982 "Ideology and Experience: the Cultural Basis of Pintupi Politics." In M. Howard, ed., Aboriginal Power in Australian Society). Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. Pp. 108-52.
1979 " Emotions and the Self: A Theory of Personhood and Political Order among the Pintupi," Ethos, 7: 343-70.