Academic journal article Cultural Studies Review

Yarljyirrpa (Clever People)

Academic journal article Cultural Studies Review

Yarljyirrpa (Clever People)

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-EDITORS' INTRODUCTION

Curtis Taylor is an award-winning Martu digital media artist and young leader who began making films in 2009 through his role as community coordinator and youth development officer at Martu Media (a division of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa) after completing high school in 2008. Growing up both in remote Martu desert communities and in the city, Curtis has been educated in Martu and non-Aboriginal knowledge and education systems.

Curtis was a filmmaker and youth ambassador for eighteen months on the major national touring exhibition Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route project (see Davenport-Acker this volume), producing four short films for the interactive touch screens element of the show. In 2010 he made a short drama film, Mamu (http://indigitube.com.au/video/item/1486), a cautionary tale about the risks posed by the misuse of social media to reveal sacred and powerful traditional culture that has been shown from the western desert to Nepal to Brazil, and earlier this year at the prestigious ImagineNative Film Festival in Toronto. In 2011 he received the Western Australian Youth Art Award and Wesfarmers Youth Scholarship as part of the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards. …

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