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

Louth, Sharon (2012) Overcoming the 'shame' factor: empowering indigenous people to share and celebrate their culture. In: 2012 International Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World (AUAMII 2012), 16-18 May 2012, Phuket, Thailand.

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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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2012 by Australian Multicultural Interaction Institute.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2013 04:02
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 02:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigenous education; reconcilliation; celebrating indigenous knowledges; indigenous perspectives; culture; connectedness; cultural celebration; sharing culture
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 978-0-646-58268-9
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23010

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