Current fellow: Hartley Briggs

Publication: Cultural tourism – Connections, in Black and White

The research undertaken in the Library's Koori collections will be referenced by Hartley's own cultural knowledge and that of his elders and ancestors. The research will enrich the Library's collections and the general public's understanding of Victorian Aboriginal society.

The outcome of Hartley's project research will result in a series of publications – pictorial and pictographic – such as posters and books that will provide a more accessible format of cultural material for use by the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal community and wider community. It will also provide a reference to the source material contained in the Library.

Hartley will be researching the following: country towns, rural communities/special places along the Goulburn River, activities and events that led to trade and other connections, Dreaming stories, translations, interpretations and commemorative expressions.

Hartley Briggs is a visual and performance artist with a background in off-set printing and the publication and delivery of Aboriginal community newspapers. He is the Cultural Custodian for his family group/clan (Walsh/Briggs of the Nira Balluk) in Central Victoria, operating as the Min-Jaara Cultural Association. Their aim is to support the cultural practice and skills development of immediate and extended family members of the clan group.

Through the cultural practice that is designed to reinstate traditional values and processes, it is envisaged that a strong foundation for assisting the development of culturally based socio-economic business amongst members can be provided.