Oral Traditions, Contemporary Voices. John Curtin Gallery Curator, First Nations Art Michelle Broun and Curtin Cultural Immersion Facilitator Elisha Jacobs discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander oral traditions and the passing down of history and knowledge through the generations.

Michelle and Elisha’s presentation touches on the strength of oral traditions and how these have sustained Aboriginal cultures for thousands of years.

They will also talk about the importance of contemporary Aboriginal voices in the context of truth-telling and opportunities for healing and consider how might a First Nations definition of an ‘archive’ be different than that of Western mainstream definitions?

What are the principles and values associated First Nations ‘archives’? And how can mainstream institutions ensure Aboriginal histories and living heritages are valued and cared for.