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Incorporating archival cultural heritage materials into contemporary Warlpiri women's yawulyu spaces

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Title:Incorporating archival cultural heritage materials into contemporary Warlpiri women's yawulyu spaces
Authors:Georgia Curran
cultural heritage
women’s songs
community development
Date Issued:Oct 2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Curran, Georgia. "Incorporating archival cultural heritage material into contemporary Warlpiri women’s yawulyu spaces." In Archival returns: Central Australia and beyond, edited by Linda Barwick, Jennifer Green, and Petronella Vaarzon-Morel, 91–110. LD&C Special Publication 18. Honolulu & Sydney: University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press, 2019.
Series:LD&C Special Publication 18
Abstract:National archives house a rich legacy of materials that document many intangible aspects of Indigenous cultural heritage. It is the moral right of Indigenous people to have access to these materials, but their reintroduction back into present-day worlds is not without impact. Here, I analyse contemporary spaces in which Warlpiri women have engaged with archival cultural heritage materials and incorporated them into present-day contexts for the performance of yawulyu. These include the production of song books, dance camps at bush locations, and broader community arts performances. These cases illustrate that for proper engagement with these legacy materials knowledgeable Indigenous people must lead activities which are supported as part of the repatriation process.
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 18: Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond

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