Incorporating archival cultural heritage materials into contemporary Warlpiri women’s yawulyu spaces

Incorporating archival cultural heritage materials into contemporary Warlpiri women’s yawulyu spaces Book Section

Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond

  • Author(s): Curran, Georgia
  • Secondary Author(s): Barwick, Linda, Green, Jennifer, Vaarzon-Morel, Petronella
  • Published: 2019
  • Publisher: University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press

Abstract: National archives house a rich legacy of materials that document many intangible aspects of Indigenous cultural heritage. It is the moral right of Indigenous people to have access to these materials, but their reintroduction back into present-day worlds is not without impact. Here, I analyse contemporary spaces in which Warlpiri women have engaged with archival cultural heritage materials and incorporated them into present-day contexts for the performance of yawulyu. These include the production of song books, dance camps at bush locations, and broader community arts performances. These cases illustrate that for proper engagement with these legacy materials knowledgeable Indigenous people must lead activities which are supported as part of the repatriation process.

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Curran, Georgia, 2019, Incorporating archival cultural heritage materials into contemporary Warlpiri women’s yawulyu spaces, Book Section, viewed 22 July 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=16494.

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