Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Palya Futures: The Social Life of Kimberley Aboriginal Media
by Lempert, William David, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2018, 457; 10831133
Abstract (Summary)

This research engages the process of producing Indigenous self-representation and futures through an ethnographic analysis of the biographical social lives of Aboriginal film projects. I draw on 28 months of fieldwork (2006–18) in the Kimberley region of Northwestern Australia, in which I collaborated on dozens of films within the production teams of PAKAM and Goolarri, two Indigenous media organizations based in the coastal town of Broome. I focus on the lifecycle of Tjawa Tjawa and a series of closely related films based in the desert Aboriginal community of Balgo. I argue that culture largely comes into being through doing and demonstrate how collaborative research practice can foster ethnographic insight into the social textures of everyday Aboriginal life, larger political assertions of sovereignty, and anthropological approaches to understanding indigeneity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shannon, Jennifer
Commitee: Carty, John, Ginsburg, Faye, Goldstein, Donna, Jones, Carla
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 80/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Language, Film studies
Keywords: Aboriginal Australia, Collaboration, Filmmaking, Futures, Gesture, Indigenous media
Publication Number: 10831133
ISBN: 978-0-438-38301-2
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