Congratulations to Associate Professor Tiffany Shellam who is leading a new ARC Linkage Project: ‘Entangled Knowledges: Kaartdijin, Science and History in the Robert Neill collection’.
This project aims to reverse the trajectories of Menang Nyungar knowledge imbedded in a historical fish collection, returning language, stories, and fishing practices to the Menang community. By working in a cross-sector, collaborative and Indigenous-governed team our research will enrich and re-frame the understanding of this collection in the National Museum of Scotland and Natural History Museum, London, unearth Indigenous taxonomic practices, produce new histories of biocultural collections, and develop the ‘kaartdijin model’ for participatory cross-cultural and cross-sector collaborations. Workshops on Country will produce content for a digital reassembling of the collection to be used by museum partners, ensuring wide cross-sector and community engagement with project outcomes.
The project will be governed by the Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation and partnering with National Museums Scotland; Natural History Museum, London; National Museum of Australia; Western Australian Museum; The University of Western Australia; and the City of Albany.