"The Olkola people from Queensland’s very remote Cape York Peninsula gained
their land back through a native title claim in 2014. Since then, they have
undertaken land management using traditional fire techniques, habitat
protection and restoration and cultural tourism.
The Olkola are in the process of building a Cultural Knowledge Centre on their
Country. The centre will support the Olkola people’s practices and showcase
their culture to the world. During the Cultural Knowledge Centre design
process, the Olkola identified the need to find, repatriate, document and share
their cultural stories and archives.
In support of this vision, they formed the Traditional Owner-led project,
Getting Back on Country. The project is led by the Olkola Aboriginal
Corporation and the Olkola Rangers in collaboration with researchers at the
University of Melbourne, including authors Hannah Robertson and Rochus Urban
In partnership with the researchers, the Olkola are using digital technologies
including virtual reality and augmented reality to capture their cultural
stories. These digitised stories, as well as Olkola artefacts, are to be kept
and shared at the Cultural Knowledge Centre.
These digital technologies will also help to bring Country to Olkola
Traditional Owners with dementia or disabilities who are unable to travel to
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics