Online heritage: accommodating interpretation of a living Aboriginal heritage site

Ross, Anne, and Ulm, Sean (2010) Online heritage: accommodating interpretation of a living Aboriginal heritage site. In: Proceedings of the NAI International Conference, pp. 175-180. From: National Assciation for Interpretation International Conference, 13-17 April 2010, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Interpretation of Aboriginal heritage usually involves the presentation of unchanging sites. The Gummingurru stone arrangement on the Darling Downs, southern Queensland, cannot be exhibited in this way. Originally a men's initiation site, today Gummingurru has meaning as a place that is actively 'resurrected' and renewed by traditional custodians. Their management includes the regular repair of ancient arrangements and creation of new motifs. Ongoing use of the site and continual allocation of new meaning to the motifs are valorised. This challenges traditional forms of interpretation. In this paper we investigate use of the internet to interpret living, constantly changing, heritage.

Item ID: 23281
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
Keywords: archaeology, Australian Indigenous archaeology, cultural heritage management, digital heritage
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Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2012 22:38
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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