Heritage and empowerment: community-based Indigenous cultural heritage in northern Australia

Greer, Shelley (2010) Heritage and empowerment: community-based Indigenous cultural heritage in northern Australia. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 16 (1-2). pp. 45-58.

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This paper reports on the transformation from an archaeological research project to one that focused on Indigenous cultural heritage. The ultimate outcome was the development of a community-based approach for northern Cape York (Australia) that emerged from a partnership between researcher and the indigenous community. The paper particularly focuses on notions of landscape, sites and artefacts and the ways in which archaeological and indigenous perspectives of these are both different and similar. It challenges the idea that artefacts are only central for archaeologists, presenting a case study illustrating that they can also be important within Indigenous frameworks. These insights emerged from a deeper understanding of Indigenous local heritage that was only possible within a community-based approach.

Item ID: 9928
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-3610
Keywords: community-based heritage; Northern Cape York; local heritage; Indigenous heritage; Australian Aboriginal people; cultural landscapes; Indigenous cultural practices
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 04:29
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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