have been working with Wulumdhuna from Djurranalpi,
a homeland centre on Elcho Island.
One of our research
associates, Bryce, has been working with Wulumdhuna
and her family over the last 4 years
providing assistance with new media technologies. This
work focussed on preparing groundwork for culturally
appropriate resources to be made with a vision to
enliven the homeland centre school curriculum and explore
ways to pass on local knowledge and relationship information.
“We will talk to the clan and
family groups, and later I will make stand all the
various links between them and the language will come
out. and the links will then join them to other clan
groups and then more clan groups. What I’m really
worried about is the future of the children. Later
the old people will all pass away finish up, and what?
What of theirs will the children end up knowing? There
are documentation systems for them, something like
a CD or maybe those documents will be in video.” Wulumdhuna
Wulumdhuna has outlined a process
which involves elders from various family groups
painting the stories about country. These stories
and accompanying songs and dance will be linked to
places on a map. The maps will show the media and the
links between them and the country. Through interacting
and exploring the map based collections children will
be able to make sense of themselves within it.
The original plan was to travel
to some of the important places and record some
information, however at this stage sufficient funding
has been difficult to obtain. In April 2005, Wulumdhuna’s
father passed away, so this has further delayed the
possibility of the trip, due to many of the
stories of this country going with him and the inappropriateness
of working on these stories because of his passing.
A significant portion of the funeral was recorded on video and has created a new set of resources to continue the project. Wulumdhuna's father's brother, Djalalingba and his family are now involved and are planning on contextualising the existing media resources in Wulumdhunas catalogue with his side of the stories and their connection with other country around Arnhemland.
The IKRMNA project has been involved
through Bryce in researching alternative
technology and digital resource creation and management
is also informing the IKRMNA team through engagement
with issues arising from using the technology.
Download a transcribed
and translated pdf
file of Wulumdhuna talking about her project.
notes 4 eMac pdf
field notes 5 Baparru pdf
field notes 7 Djalalingba pdf
At the end of the IKRMNA project in December 2006 Wulumdhuna is still at Djurranalpi exploring the use of the Apple computer supplied to her by the CDU INC project www.cdu.edu.au/centres/inc
Wulumdhuna working with her eMac
Family tree schema,
part of the initial project
Screenshot of iView media Pro catalogue