Returning Indigenous knowledge in central Australia: ‘this CD-ROM brings everybody to the mind’
Glowczewski, Barbara (2001) Returning Indigenous knowledge in central Australia: ‘this CD-ROM brings everybody to the mind’. Papers from AIATSIS Indigenous Studies Conference, September 2001. The power of knowledge, the resonance of tradition , 18-20 September 2001, Canberra, ACT, Australia , pp. 137-152.
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Many people in the modern world identify with a culture essentially transmitted through live or recorded images and sounds. Image and sound are at the core of the traditional transmission of knowledge for many Indigenous peoples. Today, multimedia technology and the internet offer a fantastic way to promote and transmit oral cultures both for the benefit of the Indigenous peoples concerned, as well as to demonstrate the importance of local knowledge in the global system. Though text is still present in the new technologies, audiovisual information allows more direct access to Indigenous languages and cultures. Debates about ‘New Technology, Anthropology, Museology and Indigenous Knowledge’ at the 2001 UNESCO symposium on ‘Indigenous Identities’ <http://www.unesco.org/culture/indigenous> have demonstrated the importance of making these new information technologies available to all Indigenous peoples. Such access will enable Indigenous peoples to control the data available on the Internet and to produce their own tools for education and communication. This will also help to commit researchers and museums to returning material, developing projects in partnership with Indigenous communities and respecting ethical protocols. Drawing on my personal experience of using multimedia technology to return material to the Warlpiri people of Lajamanu, with whom I have been working since 1979, I discuss a part of the Australian experience which has been groundbreaking in this domain.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)|
|Keywords:||central Australia; Indigenous knowledge; tradition|
|FoR Codes:||16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare @ 51%|
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940106 Citizenship and National Identity @ 49%
|Deposited On:||15 Feb 2010 15:27|
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