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Preserving living heritage

The Monash Country Lines Archive (MCLA) is working with Indigenous communities to assist in preserving and sharing intergenerational knowledge of their history, country lines, songs, stories and language through 3D computer animations. For researchers such as Dr Shannon Faulkhead, MCLA is a powerful tool with which Indigenous Australian communities can share their history and knowledge.

Working with the MCLA is a natural progression for Shannon.

One of her first roles was as a librarian with the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc., an organisation she would later lead as CEO. Her PhD research and early work with Monash was attached to the ARC Linkage project, 'Trust and Technology: building an archival system for Indigenous oral memory'. And her PhD thesis focused on how narratives of Koorie culture, history and people created from Indigenous knowledge and archival records impact upon community.

Now she and the MCLA team are working in partnership with Indigenous communities to give a visual life to their narratives and history.

MCLA is a team of Monash animators and researchers led by Shannon's colleague Associate Professor John Bradley. John and the team of animators have already collaborated on a series of animations with the Yanyuwa community of northern Australia. Shannon is confident the success of that joint project demonstrates the unique potential of the MCLA program.

"The animations become an archive of image and narratives belonging to specific Country and peoples, such as with the Yanyuwa," Shannon says.

"The animations use the topography of Country in the images, so it is easily recognised by Elders who can then add more information when sharing them with others."

Shannon and the MCLA team have begun discussing the possibilities of the MCLA with Indigenous communities across Australia to see how the MCLA program can work with them in animating their stories.

The MCLA Program is funded for five years by a grant from the Alan and Elizabeth Finkel Foundation.

For Shannon, the project offers a new approach to partnership research with Indigenous communities.

"I am excited about the project as it is not purely an academic endeavour, but is giving back to communities with real outcomes they can use," Shannon says.

"Working within academia, you often hear of issues that people have had with researchers or government programs where there has been very little outcomes for the community in which the research has been undertaken - this is an opportunity to learn from the past and do things differently.

"This is about creating narratives that communities can be proud of, and maybe shift the shame-blame dichotomy that is sometimes associated with Indigenous issues."

Working with the MCLA is a natural progression for Shannon.

One of her first roles was as a librarian with the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc., an organisation she would later lead as CEO. Her PhD research and early work with Monash was attached to the ARC Linkage project, 'Trust and Technology: building an archival system for Indigenous oral memory'. And her PhD thesis focused on how narratives of Koorie culture, history and people created from Indigenous knowledge and archival records impact upon community.

Now she and the MCLA team are working in partnership with Indigenous communities to give a visual life to their narratives and history.

MCLA is a team of Monash animators and researchers led by Shannon's colleague Associate Professor John Bradley. John and the team of animators have already collaborated on a series of animations with the Yanyuwa community of northern Australia. Shannon is confident the success of that joint project demonstrates the unique potential of the MCLA program.

"The animations become an archive of image and narratives belonging to specific Country and peoples, such as with the Yanyuwa," Shannon says.

"The animations use the topography of Country in the images, so it is easily recognised by Elders who can then add more information when sharing them with others."

Shannon and the MCLA team have begun discussing the possibilities of the MCLA with Indigenous communities across Australia to see how the MCLA program can work with them in animating their stories.

The MCLA Program is funded for five years by a grant from the Alan and Elizabeth Finkel Foundation.

For Shannon, the project offers a new approach to partnership research with Indigenous communities.

"I am excited about the project as it is not purely an academic endeavour, but is giving back to communities with real outcomes they can use," Shannon says.

"Working within academia, you often hear of issues that people have had with researchers or government programs where there has been very little outcomes for the community in which the research has been undertaken - this is an opportunity to learn from the past and do things differently.

"This is about creating narratives that communities can be proud of, and maybe shift the shame-blame dichotomy that is sometimes associated with Indigenous issues."

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2005 2018

Challenging the colonisation of birth: Koori women's birthing knowledge and practice

Adams, K., Faulkhead, S., Standfield, R. V. & Atkinson, P. R. L. A., Apr 2018, In : Women and Birth. 31, 2, p. 81-88 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Animating language: Continuing intergenerational Indigenous language knowledge

Faulkhead, S., Bradley, J. & McKee, B., 26 Jul 2017, The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property . Anderson, J. & Geismar, H. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 452-473 21 p. (Routledge Companions).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Dedication: Archives and Indigenous communities: Our knowing Allison Boucher Krebs (September 8, 1951 - January 26, 2013)

Faulkhead, S. & Thorpe, K., 2017, Research in the Archival Multiverse. Gilliland, A. J., McKemmish, S. & Lau, A. J. (eds.). Clayton, Victoria: Monash University Publishing, p. 2-15 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

Negotiated methodologies: Designing research respectful of academic and Indigenous traditions

Faulkhead, S., 2017, Research in the Archival Multiverse. Gilliland, A. J., McKemmish, S. & Lau, A. J. (eds.). Clayton, Victoria: Monash University Publishing, p. 479–515 37 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Decolonizing and Revitalizing Language through Animation: The Monash Country Line Archive

Faulkhead, S., Bradley, J. J. & McKee, B. D., 12 Sep 2015

Research output: Non-textual formAudio / Visual RecordingOther

Activities 2009 2019

  • 4 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board
  • 2 Editorial responsibility

The La Trobe Journal (Journal)

Rachel Standfield (Guest editor), Shannon Faulkhead (Guest editor)
Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Koorie Heritage Trust (External organisation)

Shannon Faulkhead (Member)
19 May 2016

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Banmirra Arts Incorporated (External organisation)

Shannon Faulkhead (Member)
20122018

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Worawa Aboriginal College (External organisation)

Shannon Faulkhead (Member)
2012

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive Reference Group (External organisation)

Shannon Faulkhead (Member)
20102015

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board