Her­itage worker on lad­der to suc­cess

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A young cul­tural worker at Roe­bourne’s award-win­ning Ju­luwarlu Group Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion Archive and Cul­tural Cen­tre has been awarded an in­au­gu­ral schol­ar­ship, which will see her com­plete res­i­den­cies at the premier mu­se­ums of Bri­tain and Aus­tralia.

Roe­bourne res­i­dent Fi­nola Wood­ley, 26, is the only WA win­ner and the youngest of six peo­ple se­lected na­tion­wide to be part of the En­coun­ters Indige­nous Cul­tural Work­ers Schol­ar­ships.

The schol­ar­ships send win­ners to in­tern at the Bri­tish Museum and The Prince’s School of Tra­di­tional Arts in Lon­don and the Na­tional Museum of Aus­tralia.

Ms Wood­ley said she had en­tered af­ter hear­ing about the schol­ar­ship through her work­place, which doc­u­ments the his­tory of the Yind­jibarndi peo­ple.

“I wanted to go for the schol­ar­ship be­cause it has a lot to do with the job that I do now and the cor­po­ra­tion I work for,” she said.

“(My job) is a lot of work, but I love it and I love my cul­ture.”

The three-month schol­ar­ship pro­gram is a joint ven­ture of the Na­tional Museum of Aus­tralia and The Prince’s Char­i­ties Aus­tralia, and emerged from com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion around a 2015 ex­hi­bi­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der ob­jects on loan from the Bri­tish Museum.

It was in­tro­duced this year to give indige­nous cul­tural or her­itage sec­tor work­ers in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence with ma­jor na­tional and in­ter­na­tional his­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions and ac­cess to men­tor­ing at the high­est level of the in­dus­try.

NMA di­rec­tor Mathew Trinca said the schol­ar­ships were an im­por­tant pro­gram for her­itage work­ers and mu­se­ums alike.

As the youngest award re­cip­i­ent, Ms Wood­ley said the pro­gram rep­re­sented an ex­cit­ing step for her ca­reer.

“It is a big op­por­tu­nity and as a young per­son ... I feel priv­i­leged, be­cause it’s some­thing I can give back to my com­mu­nity,” she said.

Ms Wood­ley has com­pleted the first stage of the schol­ar­ship in Can­berra and will soon travel to Lon­don to be­gin her in­tern­ship at the Bri­tish Museum.

Pic­ture: Noe­lene Har­ri­son

Ju­luwarlu Group Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion Archive cul­tural worker Fi­nola Wood­ley, 26, is hon­ing her his­tor­i­cal skills in res­i­den­cies at the Na­tional Museum of Aus­tralia and Bri­tish Museum af­ter win­ning an in­au­gu­ral schol­ar­ship for indige­nous Aus­tralian work­ers in the her­itage sec­tor. She is the youngest of six win­ners na­tion­wide and the only West Aus­tralian.

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