Cultural Literacies


Tiriki Onus conducted Smoking Ceremony

Respectfully engaging with Indigenous knowledges and creative arts practices requires culturally safe and aware ways of thinking about knowledge, responsibilities and ownerships. This session is designed to spark conversation, develop cultural literacies, and foster respectful engagement with Indigenous knowledges.

Participants are encouraged to enter the session prepared with the following:

  • What questions would you like to ask Tiriki Onus, Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development?
  • What questions do you have about working with First Peoples Communities?
  • What questions do you have about undertaking research in collaboration with First Peoples Communities and Indigenous Knowledges?

About your hosts

Tiriki Onus is a Yorta Yorta man and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, University of Melbourne. He is a successful visual artist, curator, performance artist and opera singer.

Dr. Megan McPherson is a practicing artist and educational researcher and has taught in the university art studio for over 20 years. Megan's PhD thesis is an interdisciplinary research study of the role of the crit in studio pedagogies.