Contexts of Collection - understanding the material record of Yolngu cultures

Activity TypeProject
Owner GroupDigital Humanities Hub
TitleContexts of Collection - understanding the material record of Yolngu cultures
Abbreviated TitleContexts of Collection
Alternate TitleContexts of Collection - a dialogic approach to understanding the making of the material record of Yolngu cultures
ARC Grant Number
Brief DescriptionThis project aims to explore the contexts in which the collections of Yolngu cultural material were originally made and highlight the agency of Yolngu in influencing the nature of the collections and interests of particular collectors, including missionaries, anthropologists, art dealers and filmmakers. Funded by ARC Discovery grant, 2008-2011.
Full DescriptionThe project aims to discover the motivations of the makers of the material record of Yolngu society from the beginning of missionisation to the present, and those of the Yolngu themselves, in contributing to collections and taking part in filming. The project is radical in treating the material record (film, photography, and material culture) as a whole and in investigating the agency of the Indigenous people involved. The project will result in a number of publications and a web-based resource that will be of great utility to researchers and Yolngu alike and can provide a model for collections based research.
The research project will make people aware of the collaborative nature of the material record of Yolngu societies that has been made over time by the participation of researchers, collectors, filmmakers and Yolngu people themselves. It will demonstrate the ways in which digital technology can be used as an integral part of a research process to produce outcomes that can be made accessible to a wide range of different users. It will help people understand the complex historical processes that have resulted in the present museum and archival record and facilitate their use.
Contact AddressThe Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200, Australia
Contact Phone Number(02) 6262 5741
(02) 6125 4462
ANZSRC-FOR Subject160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
210204 - Museum Studies
Other SubjectMaterial culture
Museum Collections
History of Collections
Australian Aborigines
Ethnographic Film
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National Data Service
- Australian National University
Identifier: anudc:3280
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