Making the oral visual: Visualising Yanyuwa narratives and the possibilities of cross generational transfer of knowledge
In 1997 there were approximately 270 speaker of the Yanyuwa language, a language spoken in the south west Gulf of Carpentaria. Today there are less than ten people who can speak this language and who continue to use it on a daily basis as their first language of communication. Like many other Indigenous languages in Australia Yanyuwa is in crisis, a language such as Yanyuwa is a repository of a very specialised cultural and life experience.
This research has roots that extend back 30 years when the Assoc. Prof. John Bradley, began documenting Yanyuwa language and culture, working with the old people and the present group of old people in creating both a Yanyuwa encyclopaedic dictionary and a Yanyuwa atlas of their country. While both documents serve as important reference points for older Yanyuwa people the children and adolescents are growing up knowing little about the Law of their land.
In conjunction with anthropologist Dr Amanda Kearney of the University of New South Wales, talented IT professionals Tom Chandler, Brent McKee and Chandara Ung of the Berwick Campus of Monash University have developed the Monash Country Lines Archive website. The project has aimed to assist Indigenous people throughout Australia in the 3D animation of stories combining poetry, songs and language, whereby older and younger generations of the Yunyuwa people may sit together and share knowledge.
Aboriginal Visual Histories
The Aboriginal Visual Histories: Photographing Indigenous Australians Project (AVH Project) is an Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Project. The AVH project commenced in 2008 with three primary objectives:
review photographs of Aboriginal people in key collections around Australia and in Europe
produce a systematic history of photographing Aboriginal people from the Australian inception of the medium in 1841 to the present day
collaborate with descendants to incorporate Indigenous perspectives of photographs
Aurora Native Title Internship Program The Monash Indigenous Centre at the Clayton campus holds interviews … Continue reading Aurora Project
Monash Country Lines Archive
The Monash Country Lines Archive (MCLA) is a collaborative Monash University project between the Monash Indigenous Centre (MIC), Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Information Technology with a team of Monash researchers, digital animators and post-graduate students from the Monash Indigenous Centre, Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Information Technology.
Indigenous Human Rights and History Series
This is a new series of refereed scholarly discussion papers published jointly by the Monash Indigenous … Continue reading Indigenous Human Rights and History Series