Indigenous research at the Warlpiri Language and Culture Centre
The WCE Initiative has collaborated with Warlpiri Media Association (WMA) to establish a Warlpiri Language and Culture Centre with a focus on Indigenous research. The Centre is located at the central hub of PAW Media & Communications at the Yuendumu Community.
The WCE Initiative has supported the Warlpiri strategy of building capacity in Indigenous research through empowering the community to assert the collective ownership, control and access to Warlpiri information and knowledge. The collaboration with PAW Media & Communications has supported its vision to digitise archival material, known as the digitisation project and repatriate material of significance. The WCE community based staff facilitated the repatriation of the Olive PinkCollection through developing a partnership with AIATSIS and Arrernte elders and have cleared the material comprising 12,000 pages and 800 photos of cultural significance. This significant collection will be uploaded on the Keeping Culture Knowledge Management System. Community members access the Warlpiri Language Centre to view the cultural material stored on Keeping Culture KMS, a web application that aims to organise, preserve, and repatriate cultural information, developed and designed for community based research.
Recently, the WCE community based staff designed and developed its own research project to investigate Warlpiri leadership and educational experiences, including formal and informal representation of leaders at Yuendumu. Many leaders have been interviewed by the WCE community based staff and recorded on camera.
Written by Lisa Watts, Simon Fisher, Elizabeth Katakarinja and Jimmy Langdon