Previous fellows: Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship
Previous recipients of the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship have carried out research to enrich the Library's collections and the general public's understanding of Victorian Aboriginal society.
2018: Hartley Briggs
Publication: Cultural tourism – Connections, in Black and White
The research undertaken in the Library's Koori collections was referenced by Hartley's own cultural knowledge and that of his elders and ancestors. The research aimed to enrich the Library's collections and the general public's understanding of Victorian Aboriginal society.
Hartley researched 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.