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Enlivening people and country: The Lander Warlpiri cultural mapping project

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Title:Enlivening people and country: The Lander Warlpiri cultural mapping project
Authors:Petronella Vaarzon-Morel
Luke Kelly
Keywords:Indigenous mapping
cultural heritage
Date Issued:Oct 2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Vaarzon-Morel, Petronella, and Luke Kelly. "Enlivening people and country: The Lander Warlpiri cultural mapping project." In Archival returns: Central Australia and beyond, edited by Linda Barwick, Jennifer Green, and Petronella Vaarzon-Morel, 111–138. LD&C Special Publication 18. Honolulu & Sydney: University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press, 2019.
Series:LD&C Special Publication 18
Abstract:This chapter discusses a cultural mapping project funded and directed by Lander Warlpiri Anmatyerr people in Central Australia with the collaboration of the authors and the support of the Central Land Council. The project arose from the concerns of elders over the changing lifeworld of Warlpiri people today and the reduced opportunities for younger people to acquire the embodied place-based knowledge and experiences regarded as foundational to local identity, social interrelationships, and cultural continuity. It aimed to revitalise cultural knowledge through engaging family groups in activities such as country visits and mapping, during which the teaching and recording of place names, Dreaming tracks, and countries occurred along with the performance of associated stories, song, and rituals. This process involved the sharing and negotiation of the knowledge of country elders hold, augmented by ethnographic information derived from archival and other sources; for example, land claim maps and digitised material, including photographs, audio and visual recordings of narratives, places, song, and geo-referenced data. Attending to the ways in which local Indigenous practices of representing and inscribing people’s relations with space and place may differ from and interlace with dominant western spatial regimes, cartographic practices, and technologies, we explore outcomes and issues that have arisen during the process of re-animation and evocation of place-based knowledge and memories.
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 18: Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond

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