"This practical guide is essential reading for all filmmakers shooting in Australia. Research and written by lawyer Terri Janke, Pathways & Protocols provides advice about the ethical and legal issues involved in transferring Indigenous cultural material to the screen. Whether shooting in country or city, with an Indigenous cast or not, practitioners of film, TV and digital media projects are encouraged to recognise and respect Indigenous people's images, knowledge, stories and land in the production of audiovisual material."--Back cover.
The protocol guides are available free on the Australia Council website:
Music: Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Music
Writing: Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Writing
Visual Arts: Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Visual Arts
Media Arts: Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Media Arts
Performing Arts: Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Performing Arts
The Indigenous cultural protocols guide processes when involving Indigenous affairs; from avoiding exposure of sacred sites to speaking to an appropriate representative of a community. It also guides the conduct of reporting on deceased persons in their respected communities.
If you want to work with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities and you have questions around how to do this, there are a number of protocols that have been developed as a best practice model for artists. You may also want to start by reading our information sheet about Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property so you have an understanding of the the rights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have, and want to have, to protect their traditional arts and culture.
This document recognises that English as the dominant
language in Australia is a vehicle for the expression of
discrimination and prejudice, as cultural values and attitudes are reflected in the structures and meanings of the language we use. This means that language cannot be regarded as a neutral or unproblematic medium and can cause or reflect discrimination due to its intricate links with society and culture