On May 4th and 5th 2022 the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies and the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre hosted a Research Translation Workshop Program as part of the Following the Trade Routes project. The workshop was convened to support one of the guiding questions of the Trade Routes project – How can knowledge of historic and regional trade routes inform cultural practices for a new generation of Indigenous leaders and knowledge custodians in Australia?
The live workshop was by invitation only, but we are now pleased to share videos of selected presentations to a broader public audience
The workshop aims were:
To bring together Aboriginal cultural bosses, cultural practitioners and researchers who have knowledge of Aboriginal cultural trade and exchange.
To return research knowledge and share information supporting cultural rejuvenation.
To build relationships to access archival knowledge into the future.
Presentations were invited from a range of researchers and cultural with knowledge of past and current Aboriginal trade and exchange, with a focus on the Kimberley, Central and South Australia.
The workshop involved more than 28 presenters and over 70 workshop participants who took part online and at live venues in Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Mowanjum, Balgo in Western Australia, Yuendumu in Central Australia, Adelaide in South Australia and Canberra in the ACT.
Introduction to Trade Routes Project and Welcome to Workshop – Steve Kinnane (KALACC), Wayne Barker (KALACC) & Cultural Bosses
Video presentation about the Following the Trade Routes project
Introduction to the public story telling goals of Trade Routes project – Professor John Carty (South Australian Museum) Dr Maya Haviland (ANU) & Wayne Barker (KALACC)
Moogy Sumner – Opening talk on Cultural rejuvenation
Day 1 – Session 2
Lynley Nargoodah (KALACC) – Living Libraries and others sources of knowledge
The Judge and the Anthropologist – The Honorable Anthony North QC & Dr Scott Cane
Day 1 – Session 3
Karl Hampton (Walpiri Cultural Advisor) – Walpiri activities and vision for Trade Routes alliances
The Warlpiri Songlines project and Warlpiri women’s ceremonial exchange activities – Dr Georgia Curran (Macquarie University) and collaborators
Karku Ochre Mine – Professor Nicolas Peterson (ANU)
Day 1 – Session 4
The anthropological record of trade and ritual exchange in the Kimberley since the work of Phyllis Kaberry c 1935-36 – Dr Daniel Vachon
Fire Ceremonies and their trade to Balgo – Petronella Vaarzon-Morel (ANU) & Professor Nicolas Peterson (ANU)
A discussion of major factors in the rise of Balgo as a regional hub for the exchange of rituals – Hon. Professor Richard Moyle (University of Auckland, Griffith University)
Day 2 – Session 1
Cultural research update – Juluru and Trade in West Kimberley – Sherika Duckhole (KALACC) & Belinda Cook (KALACC) (include discussion)
Hand Talk TV: Trade Routes of Balgo Marumpu Wangka – Assistant Professor William Lempert (Bowdoin College)
Day 2 – Session 2
Karrajarri cultural trade update – Mervyn Mulardy
Update on research into Pearl Shell objects held in international collections – Shaun Angeles (AIATSIS)
Songlines: so many meanings – Dr Jason Gibson (Deakin University) & Associate Professor Myfany Turpin (University of Sydney)
Noongar song – Professor Clint Bracknell (University of Queensland)
Day 2 – Session 3
Cultural Trade Update – Wayne Barker (KALACC) & George Lee
Asians in the Kimberley: evidence for trade and exchange– Professor Alastair Paterson (University of Western Australian)
WA Museum Collections and Indigenous Trade – Dr Moya Smith, Dr. Ross Chadwick & Brett Nannup (Western Australian Museum)
Mobilising Marege’ and Kai Jawa – Will McCallum (University of Deakin)
Between the Desert and the Sea: objects and symbologies in exchange across the northern Great Sandy Desert – Professor Peter Veth (University of Western Australia) & Dr. Sam Harper (University of Western Australia)
You can view and download a full list of presenters and abstracts at the workshop below.