Thesis / Dissertation

Documentation Cultures: Arnhem Land 1935-2015

Robert Lazarus, Howard Morphy (ed.), Paul Pickering (ed.), Maya Haviland (ed.)

Published : 2019


Ceremonial activity has always been a form of documentation for Yolngu-the Indigenous people of north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Drawing on ethnography and archival research, I aim to show the intergenerational and cross-cultural role played by persistent documentation practices. My analysis is based on embedded fieldwork undertaken in Arnhem Land between 2008 and 2015. An ethnographic approach is combined with archival research to examine documentation produced by a range of Yolngu people between 1935 and 2015. I argue, Yolngu approaches to documentation drives knowledge management locally and shapes cross-cultural projects, creating a mass of documents that..

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