Karajarri Present at AIATSIS Research Conference

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Karajarri present at AIATSIS
Karajarri present at AIATSIS

April 4, 2017: Karajarri Traditional Lands Association was invited to present on our cultural database at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Indigenous Research Conference in March. The aim of our database—which has been developed to assist the Karajarri Land and Sea Program—is to consolidate, organise and utilise traditional knowledge. It does this by helping recreate the Karajarri cultural story through the gathering and presentation of knowledge on: seasons, fauna, flora, landscapes, language, music, dance, people, community and historical data. This database can then be drawn on to ensure culture is at the forefront of all our future management and policy activities. In addition to presenting on this, we also had the opportunity to dive into the AIATSIS archives. Here, we came across many interesting old and rare documents, which made us both very sad and happy. As Mulat said, "It's sad, it makes us cry to hear the old peoples' voices". It was a rewarding trip and we can't wait to work with AIATSIS on the Karajarri Wankyi Muwurr project in Bidyadanga when they come over to our country.