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More Than an Exhibition: Finding Voice, Tiati (Truth), and New Perspectives

Lynette Crocker (Senior Kaurna Elder, Australia)
Julia Garnaut (Curator, History & Exhibitions, City of Holdfast Bay, Australia)
Jeffrey Newchurch (Kaurna Elder, Australia)
Merle Simpson (Senior Kaurna Liaison Officer, Green Adelaide, Australia)


In 2019, the Kaurna Nation and traditional custodians of the Adelaide plains in South Australia, challenged the City of Holdfast Bay to walk alongside them to create an exhibition exploring the true history of South Australia’s colonisation. This collaboration ultimately became the award-winning exhibition ‘Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka’ (Truth-Telling Together). This project was envisioned, led, and implemented by the Kaurna Nation at the Bay Discovery Centre in South Australia. Ultimately, ‘Tiati’ became more than just another exhibition. It became a pathway to healing and possibility for both the Kaurna Nation and the City of Holdfast Bay. When considering indigenisation of museum spaces, ‘Tiati’ demonstrates how smaller museums and/or local government can play a pivotal role in reshaping the traditional narrative of colonialism in Australia’s museums, with the voice of First Nations people at the forefront.



Crocker, L., Garnaut, J., Newchurch, J. and Simpson, M. (2024), "More Than an Exhibition: Finding Voice, Tiati (Truth), and New Perspectives", Nichols, J. and Mehra, B. (Ed.) Data Curation and Information Systems Design from Australasia: Implications for Cataloguing of Vernacular Knowledge in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 54), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 163-179.



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