Martu Archive in Community
In the last few months we have re-installed four iMac computers in Kunawarritji Ranger Station, Parnngurr Ranger Station (one on the women’s and one on the men’s side) and the EPIS Day Centre in Newman. This brings the total number of computers available to Martu in communities and service centers to 12. The other computers remain in Newman Women’s Shelter, Newman KJ office, Jigalong Ranger Station, Punmu community office, Roebourne Regional Prison, Bidyadanga library, Warralong School library and Wangka Maya in Port Hedland.
In November, the CAL (Community Access Library) archive software was upgraded. Although it will look a little different it will still do the same things. All the Martu materials – photos, films and stories - on the archive will still be there for Martu to access.
This year KJ has employed two casual Martu Access workers in Punmu and Newman, to work with people on the archive, record oral histories and record family tree information. Punmu residents and EPIS clients in Newman have been adding many features to the archive and learning how to navigate within the system. The Punmu high school class also participated in a session to learn about the archive and are making plans to use CAL in their school work from 2018.
Parnngurr School recently donated some old school materials, language resources and students’ work to KJ to look after and make available to Martu on the archive. They are also looking for ways to use existing archive materials in their school work, and KJ will continue to support teachers and Martu who are asking for more language resources in the schools.