By developing a digital platform, the stories and history of the Mooro Nyoongar community can be shared between people locally and around the world.
Cultural affiliations/language group: Nyikina and Bunuba heritage and working with Mooro Nyoongar peoples
Community focus: Stirling region with Nyoongar peoples and organisations, Western Australia
Position: Local History Officer
Employer: Mount Flora Museum, City of Stirling, Perth, Western Australia
Interests: Oral histories and storytelling, digital platforms and communications, exhibition development, collections and data management
Kyra Edwards is a Nyikina and Bunuba woman who grew up in Derby, which is located in the Kimberley area of Western Australia.
She is the local history officer for the City of Stirling, based at the Mount Flora Regional Museum. Kyra works closely with the Museum curator, helping manage the museum collection and the city’s local history collection.
Kyra is the president of the Oral History Western Australia committee, treasurer and Western Australian representative on the Oral History Australia committee and one of the Indigenous representatives on the History Council of Western Australia. She is currently completing a postgraduate certificate in museum studies.
‘By collecting culturally significant stories, the City of Stirling Aboriginal Digital Mapping project’s purpose is to promote, engage and educate audiences, strengthen the capabilities of local community members, and foster cultural continuity. I want to develop a digital platform that will give the community access to information and self-guided walking tours around significant Mooro Nyoongar locations within the City of Stirling. The project will also include access to oral histories/videos of local elders, history/heritage signs, self-guided walking tour brochures and tours guided by local elders and/or Mooro Nyoongar community members.
I hope to build a more open and stronger partnership between the council, museum and the Aboriginal community within the city. The stories and histories we collect will be accessioned into the museum collection and preserved for future generations.
Visitors to the city will be able to access the digital platform, download brochures for a self-guided walking tour, and/or join a guided tour conducted by a local elder or community member. People who aren’t aware of the platform will be able to learn about Mooro Nyoongar culture through interpretive signage that will be set up around significant locations within the city.
My hope is to make the program self-sustaining and that the community will take over the planning and running of the tours.’