Participatory Action Research in Cultural Heritage Management for Indigenous Cultural Heritage: The Gabbie Kylie Foundation, Esperance, Western Australia

By David R. Guilfoyle, Andrew M. Guilfoyle and Doc Reynolds.

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This paper describes a Participatory Action Research project for development of a community driven programme focussed on the protection and management of cultural heritage places and values in the Esperance region of Western Australia. The programme entails a number of local and discrete projects that – collectively – shapes our understanding of the cultural landscape. The programme is based on actions to preserve and restore segments of the Traditional Owners’ cultural landscape, while progressively embedding greater protection and control with the Traditional Owners in all facets of the work.

Keywords: Australian Aboriginal Communities Protection and Management of Cultural Heritage, Participatory Action Research

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp.95-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.637MB).

David R. Guilfoyle

Archaeologist, Cultural Heritage, Albany, Western Australia, Australia

David Guilfoyle is an archaeologist with many years of experience throughout Australia and the western United States (including Alaska). He is currently cooridinating the Gabbie Kylie Foundation (National Trust of Australia), a research fellow at the University of Western Australia, and an adjunct staff member of Flinders University Archaeology Department, South Australia. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in archaeology (University of Western Australia) in 1997 and Master of Arts in Archaeology and Heritage (University of Leicester, England) in 2004. He has presented at a number of national and international conferences, trained/tutored university students and field crews in both Australia and the USA, and coordinated numerous field projects, often in remote areas. David has published widely in the field - including guidelines for conducting regional heritage assessments; a research paper modelling patterns of Ancestral Puebloan settlement in south eastern Utah; a research paper on social processes and stone artefact assemblages in northern Queensland; and a contributing author to a recent publication examining the historic archaeology of Colorado. David recently coordinated and delivered a successful Natural Resource Management project implementing a community and regional model to protect and restore cultural heritage areas throughout the South West and South Coast of Australia. David is committed to programmes that implement community and strategic models for effective cultural heritage management.

Dr Andrew M. Guilfoyle

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Social Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Andrew Michael Guilfoyle, Social Justice Research Centre School of Psychology and Social Sciences Edith Cowan University. Dr. Andrew Guilfoyle is a social psychologist and methodological specialist teaching Research Applications and Ethical Issues. His extensive research track record is focused on a participatory and locational community based foundation for Indigenous communities and CaLD populations examining mitigating forces on social inclusion, including evidencing creation of disadvantage, discourses of racism and prejudice and critically developing and implementing tailored policy, intervention and prevention programs for sustainable services for these populations. Andrew has developed strategic directions for State Health Promotion and Australia wide consultations for development of a plan for Indigenous Child Care (FaCSIA). His cutting edge project -on participation through Understanding and Building Resilience in the southwest (WA) is being applied by State Heath and Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention. This was a locational community based project, integrating data through several regional settings to show how a sense of community can work to build partnerships to tailor community supported prevention strategies for community participation (Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing). His recent book chapter on Participation with Australian Aboriginal Communities' (Elsevier Ltd: London) received an outstanding international review by Prof. Ron Chenail, Editor of The Qualitative Report ( “Participatory Action Research as Empowerment Evaluation: Andrew Guilfoyle, Juli Coffin, and Paul Maginn illustrate the utility and challenges of understanding and encouraging not only community involvement, but also community engagement in policy making and evaluation.”

Doc Reynolds

Director, Kepa Kurl Eco Discovery Tours, Albany, Western Australia, Australia

RON `DOC’ REYNOLDS is a community leader in the Esperance region of Western Australia. He has worked over many years with both older and younger people to preserve cultural memory and to create pride and a sense of belonging in his community. Doc is a recognised traditional owner from the Esperance region. Having lived in Esperance most of his life and learning about caring for country from his Elders, he has been actively involved with natural resource management for over 20 years. He sits on numerous land committees and is the first indigenous elected councillor of the Esperance shire. Doc is also chairperson of the Aboriginal Lands Trust, and committee member of South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. Doc is the managing director of Kepa Curl Indigenous Eco-tours in Esperance, outright winner of the Western Australia tourism award in 2006 and 2007. Doc is the principal project director in all heritage and land management programmes in the Esperance region, and the body of work is testament to his highly unique skills and abilities.


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