Session 3.5 - Archives in Cultural Centres: Centring Indigenous Community Knowledge by Design

Author(s):

Wayne Barker, Merle Carter, Annelie De Villiers

Date Added:

23 October 2019

Chair: Lillie Le Dorré, Senior Advisor Planning & Development, Archives New Zealand in Wellington

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Archives in Cultural Centres: Centring Indigenous Community Knowledge by Design

Wayne Barker, Merle Carter, Annelie De Villiers

Indigenous cultural centres are organisations with mandates to support, maintain and share the cultural knowledge of the Indigenous communities they represent. Across the Pacific there are vast differences in the approach and design of Indigenous cultural centres. The role that the archive plays and the form that the archive takes within these cultural centres varies accordingly. This panel discusses how the design of an Indigenous cultural centre impacts upon the role and form of an archive within that organisation, and how the archive can be designed to be better utilised within organisations for their community's benefit. In this panel, a representative from the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre and Augustine Tevimule of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre will reflect upon the role that the archive plays – and form that it takes – within their organisation. They will then reflect on how the design of the format and use of their archive can be improved to better support their community and organisation. The final panellist, Annelie de Villiers, is a PhD Candidate who is in the process of compiling a report for the International Council on Archives about the role and use of the archive within Indigenous cultural centres of the Pacific. Annelie will contextualise the panel’s discussion within the context of her research at other cultural centres and will invite attendees to discuss preliminary findings of the project.

Biographies

Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker is a Djugun and Jabirr Jabirr man who has served as the Festival and Cultural Events Coordinator at the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre since 2012. Wayne is an ethnographic film maker and radio broadcaster as well as being a recording artist and singer songwriter and a national and international performance artist. Wayne has worked in government, private enterprise, and community organisations in media, community development, traditional cultural activity and Aboriginal health.

Merle Carter

Senior Miriuwung Gajerrong and Bunuba woman Merle Carter is the Chairwoman of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia. Since 2016, Mrs Carter has served as one of the six Aboriginal Australian representatives on the Western Australian Government's Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee (ACMC). The ACMC is an independent committee responsible for evaluating, on behalf of the community, the importance of places and objects believed to be associated with Aboriginal people, and for providing advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Annelie De Villiers

Annelie de Villiers is a non-Indigenous researcher who has worked on archival research projects with Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander communities since 2014. Annelie has worked as a Research Assistant at the eScholarship Research Centre of the University of Melbourne since 2014, and commenced her PhD with community partner Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre through Monash University in 2016. As part of her PhD, Annelie is compiling a report for the International Council on Archives on the role and use of the archive within Indigenous cultural centres of the Pacific.