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Why Mukurtu?

Mukurtu, pronounced (MOOK-oo-too), was a name given to the CMS by an early user from an Australian tribe. Fittingly, it is a shortened version of a word referring to a special safe-keeping place used by members of the tribe. The Mukurtu is a bag in which special possessions could be stored in older times, safe in the knowledge that anyone who defies the command would be cursed.

Similarly, the digital archive preserves uploaded material and ensures the tribe's heritage is safely kept. And although the Mukurtu CMS is aimed at sharing information, adaptable tools mean that this particular South Australian tribe is able to separate what is seen by different users. In respect of local norms, for example, men are unable to see the stories of their wives or daughters. In a similar essence to that old bag, the archive is both private and a safe keeping place online.

The Archive

It is important to remember, however, that the project is not just about storage. Even though Warumungu cultural norms dictate that privacy must exist in some capacity, the archive allows many people to interact and transmit material and culture.

Some Features of the Mukurtu CMS

Technical Specifications