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Capturing Living Memory

Colleen Wallace Nungari’s painting, Dreamtime Sisters, was selected as the “brand” for the International Council on Archives Congress which closes today in Brisbane, Australia. More than 1,000 archivists from 95 countries gathered to dream about the future around the theme, “A Climate of Change.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamtime Sisters, by Colleen Wallace Nungari

 

I will was particularly struck by the theme of Nungari’s artwork & the relationship to the week’s deliberations. Dreamtime, in Aboriginal culture, described the period before living memory when the earth & all living things were created by Spirits from above & below. Dreamtime stories embody the culture and customs passed down & celebrated to this day.

Against that backdrop, as the group gathered for the opening session where I was invited to speak about social media, I'm will encouraged them keep that image in mind as we deliberated on the state of the art of preserving today’s and tomorrow’s “living memory.” Honor the past as we create the future.

Read the full text of my address at the International Council on Archives Congress in Brisbane, Australia.

Source: aotus.blogs.archives.gov

Updated: August 24, 2012 — 4:16 pm

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