Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods

Join Red River College and Dr. Shawn Wilson, a Manitoba-born Indigenous people research expert visiting from Australia, to learn about and explore the realm of Indigenous research. Wilson’s book, entitled “Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods” examines the philosophy underlying Indigenous peoples’ research methodologies in Canada and Australia. He will […]

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Nyungar Knowledge Networks: an Aboriginal online encyclopedia

Excerpt from “New media to throw a lifeline to an ancient language” published February 11, 2014 on the University of Western Australia website. A new project will create the world’s first Aboriginal online encyclopedia as a way of preserving the ancient and endangered Noongar language – one of Australia’s biggest […]

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Revitalizing Culture through Gaming: “Boundary Objects” and Properness in the Design of a Virtual Reality Game System

The Digital Songlines Environment (DSE) is a virtual reality game system aimed at preserving and promoting Australian Aboriginal heritage, arts and culture. The system features a realistic virtual landscape with local flora and fauna, embedding oral histories as well as mythological stories within its narratives and story line. Similar to […]

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Ringbalin – River Stories: Ceremony and Indigenous Stories about the Murray Darling Basin

Come follow us: real world journeys with the oldest living cultures on earth to discover 40,000 years of history, knowledge and myth along Australia’s greatest rivers. In 2010 the Ringbalin, a group of Indigenous tribes reignited an ancient ceremony, a Ringbalin, travelling 2300km, dancing to save Australia’s Murray Darling Rivers […]

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Ringbalin River Stories: app provides virtual exploration of story and ceremony down the Murray Darling River

From the Ringbalin: River Stories website: Ringbalin: River Stories is a groundbreaking multiplatform documentary that invites you to take a journey along the Murray Darling Rivers guided by Elders of the oldest cultures on earth. A video about Ringbalin: River Stories from their now-closed Indiegogo campaign… Whether you are on […]

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Keeping Country: a web-based approach to Indigenous outreach in cultural heritage management

Cultural heritage management (CHM) of Indigenous places is the dominant area of professional practice in Australian archaeology, yet relatively few Indigenous Australians take up a career in the sector. The internet is providing new and effective avenues for Indigenous outreach programmes. This paper describes a self-contained, web-enabled, free-to-user cultural heritage […]

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Ngan’gi Seasons Calendar

Use the button above to download the PDF of the calendar. The Ngan’gi Seasons calendar was developed by key knowledge-holders of the Ngan’gi language from Nauiyu Nambiyu and CSIRO as part of a Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge project on Indigenous socio-economic values and rivers flows in northern Australia. The […]

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Centre for Social Partnerships in Lifelong Learning (SPiLL)

The Centre for Social Partnerships in Lifelong Learning SPiLL was established in 2007 to support and research the interagency and interdisciplinary relationships that enable effective learning in different disciplines, workplaces and training sites. SPiL is based at the Charles Darwin University. SPiLL’s research seeks to understand and enhance the ways […]

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Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts

Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts publishes papers reporting original research and other issues relating to the learning of individuals, groups, communities and organisations. The emphasis is on the socio-cultural dimensions of learning in these different contexts and configurations. The aim of the journal is to publish […]

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Saving Traditions: The Ngalia people of Western Australia

Excerpt A long running project of the indigenous Ngalia people of Western Australia has adapted a wide variety of technologies in their fight to preserve their traditional knowledge and culture. Back in the 1980s, the indigenous Ngalia people of Western Australia started their own community research project devoted to the […]

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Iltyem-iltyem: Sign languages in Central Australia

Iltyem-iltyem is an online resource for sign languages used in Indigenous communities in Central Australia. This site contains several hundred video clips of signs for public view. The project was piloted by members of the sign language team from Ti Tree in Central Australia. This website is for people who […]

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Push-button Activism: the use of technology by Townsville Aboriginal activists

Abstract In an increasingly technological age, the internet is becoming a primary source of networking. From common interest groups to business meetings, many members of western society have at least a minor presence on ‘Web 2.0’. Social movements, like every other aspect of life, have become increasingly reliant on the […]

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Pama-Nyungan reconstruction: Exploration of Australian Linguistic Prehistory

Abstract The earliest detailed records of Australia’s indigenous languages date from approximately two hundred years ago, and therefore our only access to the prehistory of Australia’s indigenous past is through reconstruction in archeology and linguistics. While we know that humans have lived in Australia for more than 40,000 years, we […]

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Rethinking the Indigenous Communications Program: developed by Broadband for the Bush Alliance

From the Executive Summary… Indigenous Communications Over the years, governments have put in place a range of initiatives aimed at improving communications in remote Indigenous communities. However, high levels of digital inequality still exist in many communities around Australia. Indigenous Remote Media Association (IRCA) highlights this point, saying ‘most remote […]

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Aboriginal Indigenous Languages Map

David R Horton is the creator of the Indigenous Language Map. This map is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996). The map attempts to represent all of the language or tribal or nation groups of Indigenous people of Australia. The Indigenous […]

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Iwaidja Inyman

Iwaidja Inyman (ee-WAHD-jah EEN-mahn) meaning ‘Iwaidja language’ is an innovative and award-winning community project based on Croker Island in Northwestern Arnhem Land, dedicated to the documentation, maintenance, preservation and promotion of Iwaidja and other endangered languages of the region. Our funding comes from the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records (MILR) […]

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Summit Addresses Indigenous Digital Divide in Australia

This post, written by Ethnos Curator Rachael Petersen, originally appeared on the Rising Voices website.  Online heritage databases, an indigenous app to connect peoples worldwide, a network of recycled digital devices, and an Aboriginal digital social enterprise are just some of the responses to the focus of a recent summit […]

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Stone Chips to Silicon Chips: A Grounded Theory of ICT adoption in Australian Indigenous Households

Abstract Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become an everyday part of life. Communication networks within Australia link financial, educational, government and non-government services to Australian households. Both the 2001 and 2006 Australian Census data demonstrate that Indigenous Australians are 69% less likely to access the Internet at home than […]

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Towards a Policy for Remote Indigenous Media and Communications

Daniel Featherstone, General Manager of Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) of Australia, presents “Why One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Towards a Policy for Remote Indigenous Media and Communications.” The presentation describes the issues of top-down policy and one-size-fits-all programs that often do not have the desired outcomes for remote communities. […]

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Evaluating the Digital Songlines Game Engine for Australian Indigenous Storytelling

Abstract This paper reports on a consultative development cycle with remote indigenous peoples around Australia, the protocols established for their respectful engagement, and evaluation of the digital storytelling game engine developed for them. The Digital Songlines (DSL) digital storytelling project is funded by the Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction […]

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Indigenous Archives Network

Connecting with Indigenous people working with Indigenous Knowledge sources Developing an International network to connect innovative projects relating to Indigenous peoples, Archives, Libraries, Museums, Galleries, Keeping Places and Communities Discussions are taking place between Indigenous people working in archives in Australia and the United States, about the creation of a […]

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Indigenous Studies Database

Welcome to the Indigenous studies research network. A virtual multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary network of Indigenous researchers and research affiliates from Australia and abroad. The Network promotes the sharing and exchange of knowledge, research, solutions and information within the Indigenous studies global community. Recognition and respect for Indigenous peoples’ sovereignties inform […]

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Community Development Practice & Social Policy (Australia)

This degree includes the study of community development theories and practices informed by a diversity of critical theory. Students develop specialised knowledge in community development and explore the ‘use of self’ in professional practice, then undertake an exploration of working with various communities to understand the importance of context and […]

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IndigiTUBE: the voice of remote indigenous Australia

Accoring to their website, IndigiTUBE is an online community for sharing and accessing media made by and for Indigenous people in remote Australia. For many years Indigenous Australians have used media to keep language and culture strong.  This has included video, radio, music and more recently a wide range of […]

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ICT Futures for Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Communities

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