Being a Yorta Yorta Heritage Man: an interview by Claire Smith

Alan Burns, Claire Smith

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    This chapter explains the interview between Claire Smith and Alan Burns in November 2005 at the Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland Aotearoa/New Zealand. The final editing and clarification on some details were undertaken in phone conversations between Alan and Claire on January 12, 2009, and on March 13, 2010. Claire asks Alan whether he considers himself as an archaeologist and Alan says that he is a cultural heritage research officer, a protection officer and his role is maintaining, looking after, and caring for country. Claire questions Alan on how did he first get into the work and Alan replies he worked in all sorts of fields, mainly hard, physical labor. The last "mainstream" job that Alan had was as an exploration driller for a mining company in Western Australia. Alan identifies as being a Yorta Yorta man, because that's his country up near Echuca, which is on the border of New South Wales and Victoria.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBeing and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists
    EditorsGeorge P Nicholas
    Place of PublicationWalnut Creek, California
    PublisherLeft Coast Press
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315433134
    ISBN (Print)9781598744972
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2010

    Publication series

    NameArchaeology and indigenous peoples series


    • Indigenous peoples
    • archaeology
    • interviews


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