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Memento : Issue 18
A celebration IN Them Home Bringing september 2001 memento 19 In October you can be part of a new and exciting national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural festival in Canberra called Tr acking Kultja. Along with many of Australia's other national institutions we will be hosting special events from 13 to 19 October with the aim of fostering genuine cultural exchange and highlighting our Aboriginal and To rres Strait Islander collections. Indigenous peoples will share their cultures with wider audiences through cultural workshops, art and craft demonstrations, ceremonial singing and dancing, and rock and pop music. At the Archives we will be holding family history workshops for Indigenous people on what records we hold and how to access them. We'll also be talking about our Bringing Them Home project that is steadily indexing the names of Indigenous people that appear in our records. Peter Read, author of Belonging: Australians, Place and Aboriginal Ownership, will give a talk on 'Belonging'. Peter is an Australian Research Council Senior Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University. Tr acking Kultja is a chance for everyone to discover some history and share in the rich culture of Australia's Indigenous peoples. So make some tracks to the Archives and join in the festival fun! Our project to index thousands of files to make them more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has reached a new milestone. The Bringing Them Home project star ted two years ago with funding received as a result of a recommendation from the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families. In August we reached a total of 250,000 Indigenous names indexed from 600,000 folios in 16,500 files. From these names we are producing a database which is already proving to be an invaluable resource for people wishing to link up with family members from the Stolen Generation. In celebration of this achievement, we are producing a milestone pin for all who have been involved in the project. To receive a pin, please contact Trevor Ah Hang by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name along with the names of others you know who have been involved in this project. A celebration IN Bringing Them Home