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Respectfully engaging with Indigenous knowledges and creative arts practices requires culturally safe and aware ways of thinking about knowledge, responsibilities and ownerships.

This Melbourne MicroCert centres Indigenous approaches to learning and creating to provide the skills and knowledge to decolonise your thinking and engage in respectful and reciprocal knowledge sharing.

It’s valuable for anyone seeking to deepen their cultural understanding of Indigenous creative practices and connection to place, and to responsibly and respectfully engage with Indigenous knowledges.

Gain a historical overview Indigenous creative practice

This Melbourne MicroCert presents a historical overview of Indigenous creative practice in Australia, including contemporary cultural and creative practices. You'll learn to describe and reflect on the context of place in Indigenous cultures and creative practices, across this diverse history.

Decolonise your thinking and responsibly share Indigenous knowledges

Learn culturally aware and safe approaches to decolonising thinking about knowledge, 'know how', responsibilities, ownerships and interconnected relationships with Indigenous communities. You'll explore reciprocal and responsible knowledge sharing, the diverse approaches within a fluid field of knowledge, and appropriation. You'll also be introduced to the concept of 'know how' for finding archival information for, and with, Indigenous communities.

Engage with Indigenous technologies and creative practices

Drawing on your new understanding of reciprocal and responsible knowledge sharing, you'll engage in the practice of making a fishing net. This hands-on activity will allow you to practice following cultural protocols and respectfully using materials, techniques and traditional Indigenous technologies from Country.

Who you will learn from

Tiriki Onus

Yorta Yorta man and Head of Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development

Tiriki is a successful visual artist, curator, performance artist, opera singer and lecturer in Indigenous Arts and Culture at the Victorian College of the Arts. At the Wilin Centre, he fosters innovation in research, development, advocacy and presentation of Indigenous arts and cultural practice. In 2015 he was the inaugural Hutchinson Indigenous Fellow, and is Associate Dean, Indigenous in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and co-Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures.

Dr Megan McPherson

Lecturer in Art and Intercultural Research

Megan is a settler artist, intercultural researcher and educator, and has taught at university level since 1996. Her focus is in printmaking, textiles and installations, and publishes in the areas of identity, social media use, Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies, and learning and teaching experiences in the creative arts. Megan is based at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Art and Cultural Development, and the Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

More from this series

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The Wilin Online Cultural Literacies series

The Wilin Online Cultural Literacies series centres Indigenous approaches to learning and creating. Each Melbourne MicroCert in the series features an act of material making designed to spark conversation, develop cultural literacies and foster respectful engagement with Indigenous knowledges.

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For individuals

To take Sharing of Indigenous Knowledges as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes May 28, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Sharing of Indigenous Knowledges, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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29 May – 9 July 2023

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