Overcoming the 'shame' factor: empowering indigenous people to share and celebrate their culture

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Louth, Sharon. 2012. "Overcoming the 'shame' factor: empowering indigenous people to share and celebrate their culture." Fan, Si, Thao, Le, Quynh, Le and Yun, Yue (ed.) 2012 International Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World (AUAMII 2012). Phuket, Thailand 16 - 18 May 2012 Launceston, Australia.
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Overcoming the 'shame' factor: empowering indigenous people to share and celebrate their culture

Presentation TypePaper
Authors
AuthorLouth, Sharon
EditorsFan, Si, Thao, Le, Quynh, Le and Yun, Yue
Journal or Proceedings TitleInternational Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World: Conference Proceedings (B)
Journal CitationB, pp. 265-275
Number of Pages11
Year2012
Place of PublicationLaunceston, Australia
ISBN9780646582689
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.auamii.com/publicationss.html
Conference/Event2012 International Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World (AUAMII 2012)
Event Details
2012 International Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World (AUAMII 2012)
Event Date
16 to end of 18 May 2012
Event Location
Phuket, Thailand
Abstract

This paper explores the tenuous relationship between Indigenous perspectives and educational institutions. It discusses the importance of developing respectful dialogue between the two, along with the fundamental necessity of working within a community as opposed to upon it. These principles are demonstrated through the creation of a joint community cultural celebration involving local Indigenous communities, schools and their University. An evaluation of the event demonstrated how knowledge was enhanced and respectful relationships developed. The project 'birrbam burunga gambay' – to play and learn together, involved over 350 people who participated in a shared cultural experience, where Indigenous perspectives were showcased by people within the local community. The project stimulated a sense of pride within the Indigenous people because their traditional knowledge was valued and respected by the local community. The result was a sense of connectedness for Indigenous people with the university and local schools, which arose from the close communication and consultation the project embodied. Respect for Indigenous people and their traditional knowledge and skills were shown by the local community at the cultural event. By overcoming the shame factor, birrbam burunga gambay has empowered Indigenous people to share and celebrate their culture with the wider community.

Keywordsindigenous education; reconcilliation; celebrating indigenous knowledges; indigenous perspectives; culture; connectedness; cultural celebration; sharing culture
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450199. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history not elsewhere classified
390304. Primary education
390306. Secondary education
Public Notes

Copyright 2012 by Australian Multicultural Interaction Institute.

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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