The Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship has been established in honour of the pathbreaking scholar and inspiring colleague, Minoru Hokari (1971-2004) who made outstanding contributions towards ‘cross-culturalising' historical practice and towards developing a respectful collaborative research strategy with Indigenous Australians.
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The 2014 Minoru Hokari Scholarship is awarded to Ms Priya Vaughan for her project Aboriginal Art Making in New South Wales. There has been relatively little anthropological and historical research into Aboriginal art practice in south-east Australia; this project promises to make a major contribution to redressing this neglect. A vital element of Priya’s research into what she describes as a ‘vivacious art scene’ is her engagement with practising artists to document their processes, experiences, motivations and explanations regarding the art they make. The Hokari Scholarship will help Priya cover costs involved in travelling to speak with artists and facilitating meetings with them. The Committee was especially impressed with Priya’s commitment to ethical research practices. She has previously demonstrated the fruits of working in this way with Bidjigal artists from La Perouse in Sydney.
Priya is currently undertaking a PhD as part of the Interdisciplinary Cross Cultural Research Program (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology) at the Australian National University. She recently completed a Masters of Philosophy in Social Anthropology at University of Oxford.
Mr Philip Adgemis, a doctoral student in arts and Australian Indigenous Studies at Monash University. The award will assist Mr Adgemis to undertake fieldwork in and around the Northern Territory town of Borroloola as part of his research project, 'Yanyuwangala: change, resilience and identity'.
Mr Adgemis' proposal stood out from an unusually strong field by virtue of his emphasis on working with younger members of the community, a willingness to engage new technologies in the transmission of cultural knowledge and his finely nuanced appreciation of strategies to repatriate cultural materials, material and non-material. As his application stated,‘cultural knowledge asemanating from past ways of being, often termed as ancestral knowledge, is communicated in vastly changing ways, in vastly changing social contexts.’The panel was impressed by his aspirations to build on pre-existing relationships with community members and his understanding of the challenges and rewards of fieldwork in an Indigenous community setting. The panel saw much in his application that might have resonated with Mino Hokari, not only in his willingness to watch, listen and learn from Yanyuwa intellectuals, but his appreciation of his teachers as historians,‘in that they re-narrate past incidents and experiences in the present, re-enact them, apply their moral, political, spiritual and philosophical analyses and thereby try to learn something from history and communicate that something (Hokari, p. 47).
Ms Shannyn Palmer
Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University.
Topic: ‘Thinking History Through People and Place: Mobile and situated historical narratives in southwest Central Australia’
Associate Professor Glen Stasiuk of Murdoch University, Western Australia, won the 2011 scholarship. He has begun research on his project Swan River Colony (1829-1834): From Collaboration to Conflict.
The 2010 recipient was Yuriko Yamanouchi - download the 2010 Minoru Hokari Scholarship report (PDF 48KB)
Pictured: Yuriko Yamanouchi on Thursday Island
Ann McGrath (centre) with Minoru Hokari's parents. Photo taken at the Tokyo Exhibition