What place is there for this knowledge? Indigenous ancestral knowledge, new technologies and emerging ethnicity

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Abstract

In this paper I present the results of research undertaken over more than three decades with Indigenous families in northern Australia. Set within the context of
one Indigenous community, it offers up a discussion of how this community has sought to safeguard and maintain their powerful intangible cultural expressions through all range of creative media. I present both the views of the elders and young people in a discussion of what happens to powerful ancestral knowledge over time and how can it be made relative and valuable to generations of young people. The efforts of Yanyuwa families have most recently involved working with digital animators, creative artist, and anthropologists to record and share ancestral narratives and songlines using new technologies of digital media. As a long term and deeply collaborative project the Yanyuwa animations bring ancestral knowledge front and centre, full of emotion, for their young people to apprehend, learn and draw on in their construction of a new way of being Indigenous in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages67-76
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intangible Heritage: Sharing Cultures - Tomar, Portugal
Duration: 3 Jul 20116 Jul 2011
Conference number: 2

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intangible Heritage
CountryPortugal
CityTomar
Period3/07/116/07/11
OtherGreenlines Institute: Sharing Cultures

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    Kearney, A. J. (2011). What place is there for this knowledge? Indigenous ancestral knowledge, new technologies and emerging ethnicity. 67-76. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intangible Heritage, Tomar, Portugal.