October 28, 2017
Durrmu is pleased to introduce to our readers a very special, very important project: NIMBI.
NIMBI is an initiative that embraces Ngan’gikurrungurr culture, language, and traditional practices. By weaving together repatriation, media libraries, community access and Aboriginal governance, the NIMBI digital heritage program celebrates and extends the continuum of Ngan’gikurrungurr oral and visual storytelling in the form of a digital archive and resource bank that has been designed, managed and operated by Peppimenarti community members in partnership with Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation.
Durrmu Arts will repatriate all the photographs, artwork, text, sound recordings and film or video footage that have been sourced from the region since first contact. To amplify the value and values of the Daly River Region’s cultural records, a digital library will be established. A library designed for Ngan’gikurrungurr people aims to connect ancestral connections to country and family using digital technology. Focusing on the many forms of expression and representation, employed over many generations by people of the West Daly region, we will establish a media-rich digital library resonating with voices of Ngan’gikurrungurr knowledge holders.
Durrmu Arts realise knowledge management systems have the potential to disrupt cultural practices. Programs lacking Aboriginal leadership can present Indigenous stories without amplifying the voices authorised to express cultural knowledge. This digital heritage program features end to end community control. Community leaders in Peppimenarti will ensure user friendly and sustainable systems are tailored to the needs of community members and local stakeholders. The positive stories that will flow from the program will give voice to Ngan’gikurrungurr leaders engaged their own development.
Through existing relationships such as the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in Virginia USA and new relationships as we go, we will build a huge archive of song, dance, art and community and cultural legacy for the people of the West Daly Region to share and access. NIMBI is a growing database of historical moments and cultural importance, it will act as a resource for many stakeholders in the community and it will provide a unique and vital source of art history for future artists.
The legacy, language and knowledge of this region will be kept for all to access at Durrmu Arts. Stay tuned for more information about NIMBI in the coming months.