Return to Country

 “I worry about that place…secret place. That got painting there, inside cave. It got to be looked after because my father, grandad, all look after. Now me. I got to do the same. If that painting get rubbed off there might be big trouble.”  
Bill Neidji

Returning to Country is intended to improve and increase cultural heritage outcomes and on-country transfer of cultural knowledge.  

These outcomes are threatened by a loss of traditional knowledge, by empty country and a lack of management presence.  Returning to country with young and old people, mapping and recording cultural sites and stories, transferring knowledge while maintaining customs and culture is the key to deceiving the desired outcomes.

Key Activities

  • Develop and Implement Cultural Heritage Management and Conservation Plans for the custodial lands of all DAI members and associates
  • Provide professional surveillance and warden services at the many heritage sites across all clan estates
  • In line with the MVP action plan coordinate a team of skilled interpreters and cultural exchange facilitators to provide visitor information and interpretive services across all cultural heritage sites with public access
  • Develop and coordinate a skilled team of cultural resource managers that map all heritage sites across all clan estates using electronic GPS and mapping technologies
  • Develop an electronic heritage site database for all heritage sites across all clan estates
  • In accordance with the Njanjma Heritage Site Database provide prioritised and professional conservation and management techniques in accordance with the Burra Charter
  • Coordinate a skilled team of sea, land and heritage managers to assist with the resource protection of cultural heritage sites across all clan estates
  • Manage and coordinate a skilled team of sea, land and heritage managers for contractual and project based labour hire services across West Arnhem Land
  • Manage and coordinate regional training and employment services across the Cultural Heritage, Natural Resource and Visitor Management sectors.…

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