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Using/designing digital technologies of representation in Aboriginal Australian knowledge practices

Verran, Helen and Christie, Michael J. (2007). Using/designing digital technologies of representation in Aboriginal Australian knowledge practices. Human Technology,3(2):214-227.

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Title Using/designing digital technologies of representation in Aboriginal Australian knowledge practices
Author Verran, Helen
Christie, Michael J.
Journal Name Human Technology
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1795-6889   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 214
End Page 227
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Finland
Publisher Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä
Abstract Indigenous Australians are often keen to use digital technologies in their struggle to develop sustainable livelihoods on their own lands. This paper tells of gradually coming to recognize how an Aboriginal Australian elder struggled against the grain of digital technologies designed to represent, in using them in Aboriginal Australian knowledge practices where knowledge is always actively performative rather than representional. The performance of Aboriginal knowledge must express the remaking of an ancestral reality. At the same time, this man exploited possibilities the technologies offered for representation in achieving political ends in dealing with representatives of mainstream Australia.
Keywords indigenous Australian knowledge
Yolngu Aboriginal concepts
use and design of digital technologies of representation
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