A delegation of traditional Martu elders from Australia’s western desert region recently visited the Library’s Oral History, Pictures and Manuscripts branches as part of a collaborative project called Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa. The Martu are believed to be among the last Indigenous people in Australia to live a traditional desert life.
With the assistance of the National Library, AIATSIS, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia, the project aims to compile a history of the 20th century from the Martu perspective by creating an archive of relevant photographs, slides, audiotapes, documents and memorabilia. As part of its contribution to the project, the National Library has provided recording equipment for field interviews as well as preserving and archiving these original recordings. The recordings will be held in the Library’s collection and copies held in the Martu’s archive.http://www.nla.gov.au/news/index.html