Indigenous heritage will be strengthened in the Northern Territory with $260,100 in funding for several projects.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said the announcement was part of the Australian Government investment of $1.6 million this financial year in 18 projects across Australia through the Indigenous Heritage Programme to strengthen the connection between Indigenous communities and their heritage values.
Minister Scullion said the projects focus on supporting, identifying, promoting and conserving the heritage values of places important to Indigenous people.
“Projects cover activities including the conservation of burial sites, conducting heritage surveys and repair work, developing cultural heritage management plans and recording and passing on traditional knowledge,” Minister Scullion said.
“Indigenous heritage projects provide education, training, employment and business opportunities that help Indigenous Australians to meet their cultural obligations to care for their country and maintain traditions.”
The Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, based in Jabiru, is receiving $70,400 through the 2013-14 round of Indigenous Heritage funding.
“This funding will enable the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation to record traditional knowledge associated with significant Mirarr Gundjeihmi cultural heritage sites.
“Recording of elders’ stories in traditional languages will deepen understanding of the heritage significance of key sites and routes and conserve a wealth of cultural knowledge that is otherwise in danger of being lost.
“Injalak Arts Centre has received $70,000 to visit, identify and conserve sites in West Arnhem Land to document and share Indigenous knowledge.
“The Project will take Traditional Owners to sites that haven’t been visited for a long time and give them the opportunity to identify and document the sites and check their status in terms of conservation.
“Traditional Owners and their family members will document and share information gained through this process with both Kunwinjku people living in Gunbalanya who rarely have the opportunity to visit the outstations and also the wider community through the art centre.
“The information will be presented through use of a range of media including reports, booklets, photographs and audio-visuals and be kept in perpetuity.
Funding of $49,700 to the Central Land Council is for stage two of the Reinvigorating Warumungu and Warlmanpa Women’s Cultural Heritage project.
“The funding will allow the purchase of a safe data storage system and engage an IT consultant to set up the system.
“The new data system will record traditional owners’ visits to identified sites and coordinate strategic burning in the area and grading of existing access roads.
“This will enable sites to be visited easily, site assessments to be performed and ongoing management decisions to be made.
“The Australian National University has received $70,000 to identify and record the Indigenous heritage significance of water sources and rock art along the Seven Sisters Songline from Wallara Range to Mt Connor in the Northern Territory.
“It will identify with custodians important traditional water sources they wish to protect and develop strategies to manage the impact of cattle station and tourism use of these waters.
“The project will share information about the Seven Sisters Songline by filming the traditional custodians visiting waterholes and heritage sites, with song and story interpretation.
“The Government’s investment through the Indigenous heritage projects supports Indigenous people to care for their land and heritage and this in turn helps to strengthen and preserve the history, culture and self-esteem of communities.”
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