BARENGI Gadjin Land Council will use the ‘latest and greatest’ technology to engage young indigenous people with cultural heritage.
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Chief executive Jim Golden-Brown said the organisation had signed a memorandum of understanding with Victoria University to preserve and protect cultural heritage.

Mr Golden-Brown said the university was in partnership with technology company Iconyx and would work with the land council to map cultural sites.

“Iconyx has developed a package for cultural mapping on a tablet, which will allow Barengi Gadjin to recognise and maintain significant sites,” he said.

“This links back to our planned $5-million cultural centre to be called the Wimmera Mallee Museum, Knowledge and Tourism.”

The 30-hectare centre will include historic indigenous artifacts and contemporary art, an Aboriginal war memorial and a section dedicated to farming in the Wimmera.

Mr Golden-Brown said the memorandum of understanding would protect the cultural heritage of the Wotjobaluk, Wergaia, Jaadwa, Jaadwadjali and Japagulk peoples.

“The cultural mapping project will bring together all the cultural artifacts of the traditional owners, including hand-drawn maps, stories, sites, photographs and physical artifacts,” he said.

“There will be a strict encryption that will restrict access to information that needs to be kept private, such as family, men’s or women’s business.

“The map will be used to assist with cultural heritage management, land management and protection and preservation of artifacts.

“It will also be useful for Barengi Gadjin Land Council’s future tourism operations.”

Mr Golden-Brown said he hoped a Victoria University scholarship would be developed to help a Wimmera traditional owner pursue further study.

“This is all about developing future leaders and passing on indigenous history and culture,” he said.

“We are also looking at how we can use the existing skill sets of young indigenous people through other Wimmera community projects and capture the stories of elders.

“We all know that young people and technology go hand-in-hand.

“It would be exciting for a young person to interview their great-grandmother and later have that on display in the cultural centre.”

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