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"The songline is alive in Mukurtu": Return, reuse, and respect

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Title:"The songline is alive in Mukurtu": Return, reuse, and respect
Authors:Kimberly Christen
Keywords:digital return
archival studies
digital archives
Date Issued:Oct 2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Christen, Kimberly. "'The songline is alive in Mukurtu': Return, reuse, and respect." In Archival returns: Central Australia and beyond, edited by Linda Barwick, Jennifer Green, and Petronella Vaarzon-Morel, 153–172. 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 examines the return, reuse, and repositioning of archival materials within Indigenous communities and specifically within the Warumungu Aboriginal community in Central Australia. Over the last 20 years there has been an uptake in collecting institutions and scholars returning cultural, linguistic, and historical material to Indigenous communities in digital formats. These practices of digital return have been spurred by decolonisation and reconciliation movements globally, and at the same time catalysed by new technologies that allow for surrogates to be returned and concurrently reinvented, reused, and reimagined in community, kin-based, and place-based social and cultural networks. Examining the creation, use, and ongoing development of Mukurtu CMS, this article focuses on the implications for digital return as a type of repatriation that promotes decolonising strategies and reparative frameworks for engagement.
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 18: Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond

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