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Archival Science

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 151–171 | Cite as

Keeping cultures alive: archives and Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights

  • Terri Janke
  • Livia Iacovino
Original paper

Abstract

Archives play an important role in the cultural survival of Indigenous Australians. The wave of colonisation has had such an impact on Indigenous communities and the transmission of culture that access to records, materials, photographs and films is, for Indigenous people, a key way of keeping culture. Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights are Indigenous people’s rights to their heritage. Archival organisations and museums collect and preserve Indigenous people’s culture. In the past, this has been from an ethnographic eye, but the contemporary challenge is to work with Indigenous people to make the archives alive, to foster and promote Indigenous cultural knowledge and cultural expression, and innovation.

Keywords

Indigenous cultural heritage Indigenous archives Indigenous human rights Indigenous intellectual property 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Terri Janke and Livia Iacovino, would like to thank Lan Pham—Professional Assistant, for her assistance in researching this paper, and Professor Lynette Russell for her inspiration. The authors would like to acknowledge all the important work done by Indigenous Australian advocates in the drafting of the Declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Terri Janke & Company Pty LtdRoseberyAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics, Caulfield School of Information TechnologyMonash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia

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