As its name suggests in Martu Wangka, Mira literally ‘brings the hidden into the light’ by creating public and community access to a remarkable collection of oral histories, images, videos and cultural content.

Mira has been developed as a groundbreaking collaboration between FORM and the Center for Digital Archaeology at UC Berkeley, leveraging the Mukurtu CMS community archive platform. MIRA represents one of the biggest and most accessible digital archiving project of Indigenous cultural content in the world.

Project Team
FORM Monique La Fontaine, Project lead & manager Mollie Hewitt, Project manager & coordinator Curtis Taylor, Cultural advisor Travis Kelleher, Project team Ruth Leigh, Project team Rhianna Pezzaniti, Project team Stefania Bonatti, Project support Callum Forsey, Project support Agnieszka Waligóra, Project support CoDA Elena Toffalori, Project Management & Software Engineering Kelley Shanahan, Image & Metadata Management Lead Terra Thomas, Video Lead & Metadata Management Tyler Wilson, Props Master & Project Support Michael Ashley, MIRA Archive Architecture Kim Christen Withey, Licensing & Mukurtu Project Director HUMAAN Graphic Design
Mira is only one aspect of Ngurra Kuju Walyja – the Canning Stock Route Project. To see a full list of the Project’s supporters and contributors since 2006 visit: FORM Center for Digital Archaeology Mukurtu CMS Principal & Founding Partner: BHP Billiton Department of Culture and the Arts Lotterywest Indigenous Culture Support Arts Law Centre of Australia Herbert Smith Freehills iVEC


Oral Histories


The Challenge

To create a custom archive, engaging communities and publics through sharing parameters that guardian culturally sensitive stories and share heritage items. The archive was to contain the entirety of assets created from FORM’s 7 year project in Western Australia: Ngurra Kuju Walyja — One Country One People — The Canning Stock Route Project.

The Solution

We implemented Services such as zero configuration, custom theming, content kickstart, and archival media trainings. Future plans for the project include: archival backup on the iVEC Supercomputer in Australia, and complete ownership of the content and stories back in the hands of Canning Stock Route’s Art Centres.

Just like the old people, we are dreaming. We have a new dream with technology. We’re using the newest technology with the oldest culture.

Curtis Taylor

Emerging Aboriginal filmmaker & Cultural Advisor, Canning Stock Route Project

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