Digital Archiving and Keeping Place Support Program

 Digital Archiving Keeping PlaceANKAAA’s Digital Archiving and Keeping Place Support Program was developed in 2011 as a result of consultations with Aboriginal artists and Art Centre staff from a range of ANKAAA supported Art Centres. There was strong agreement that archiving, whether it be of digital material or of cultural objects and artworks, is a necessary and much needed method of ensuring the longevity of Indigenous cultural material for current and future generations. The program’s objectives are to build the capacity of Art Centres in digitising cultural material and caring for community collections through training, resourcing and supporting, referral and networking, advocacy and lobbying, consultation, and marketing and promotion. The program is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

About the Video

The video above was made at Jilamara Arts and Craft on 9 September, 2014. It documents traditional Tiwi singing and dancing. Eleven songs were recorded, sung by Rachel Freddy, Doriana Bush, Mary Elizabeth Moreen and Pedro Wonaeamirri. Later in the day, children from the primary school learnt the dances for each song under guidance from the Elders and Jilamara arts worker, Jimmy Mungatopi.

The video was filmed and edited by ANKAAA. Copies on DVD were returned to Jilamara Arts and Craft for the community to utilise and enjoy. Copies will be archived at the Muluwurri Museum and Milikapiti school for safe keeping.

This joint project was supported by Jilamara Arts and Craft and the ANKAAA Digital Archiving and Keeping Place Support Program. It is made possible by the Australia Council for the Arts National Indigenous Arts Infra Structure Program.

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