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.
A graduate of Hitotsubashi University (MEc 1996) and The Australian National University (PhD 2001), Minoru conducted fieldwork amongst Gurindji elders, who he acknowledged as exceptional historians in their own right. His untimely death in 2004 curtailed a very promising career.
His colleagues and friends in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History in the Research School of Social Sciences, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University decided to establish a scholarship to him as a memorial.
The scholarship, planned for award annually when funds are sufficient ($3,000) is intended to assist a postgraduate student to conduct fieldwork or related research in Australian Indigenous history.
Eligibility for Consideration
To be eligible for consideration for the Minoru Hokari Scholarship, applicants meet the following requirements:
- be currently enrolled, at the time of application and remain enrolled during the tenure of the scholarship, in a postgraduate research based program at any University; or
- have successfully completed a postgraduate research based program at any University in the past three years.
Criteria for Selection
The Committee will take into account the:
- the merit of the proposed project;
- the applicant's ability to conduct appropriate fieldwork with Indigenous Australians; and
- the applicant's more general scholarly potential.
Application for Scholarship
Applications are called for early in the year. A letter addressing the criteria for selection and must include in the following order:
- The proposed program
- Budget; clearly state what the funds from this scholarship are being requested for and the amount; indicate any other sources of funding
- Indication of invitation to work with the particular Indigenous community; and
- Indication that supervisory support is available and that you meet eligibility criteria as outlined above.
- Attach curriculum vitae.
Tjanara Goreng Goreng has been awarded the 2016 Minori Hokari Scholarship.Tjanara's proposed project is concerned with: "The Road to Eldership and the Impact of Sacred and Visionary Eldership on Community Transformation". This subject will be researched through fieldwork research conducted in Western New South Wales and Central Queensland as a part of her current PhD Research.
Tjanara intends to undertake further historical research with two senior Indigenous cultural knowledge holders in Australia. This will involve recording biographical accounts from these two Elders to assist in the completion of the biographical content of her doctorate. The research will take place in two locations, Rockhampton in Central Queensland with Mrs. Maureen Stanley Williams one of the oldest Senior Elders and Traditional Custodians of the Wakka Wakka Wulli Wulli Peoples of Central Queensland and Dr. Paul Collis, a cultural educator and knowledge holder of Barkindji men's business, lore and Law.
Tjanara is an academic teacher and researcher who is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Canberra whilst completing her PhD at ANU through the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.
The 2015 Minoru Hokari Scholarship was awarded to Ms Jessa Rogers. Ms Rogers is an Indigenous Doctoral Student at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History in the School of History, ANU. The award will assist Ms. Rogers to undertake field work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boarding school students in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Because there is such limited research in Australia, the study also includes a Māori girls' boarding school in Napier, Aotearoa that has an Indigenous centred curriculum. The committee was impressed with Ms. Roger's previous experience in and commitment to Indigenous education, ethical research practices and the use of Indigenous research methodologies that uphold the principles of Indigenous research including reciprocity and respect for Indigenous ways of being, doing and knowing.
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
topic: ‘The first five years of settlement in Perth [1829-1834] exploring the transition period where peaceful cohabitation between Nyoongar and Settlers turned into a war of extermination’.
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
University of Technology, Sydney
Topic: Interactive Ethnic Interface in northern Australia: Japanese Migratory Workers and Indigenous Australians
Australian Centre for Indigenous History
Australian National University
Topic: sporting history of the Wimmera and southwestern Victoria and the development of Indigenous identities
Centre for Cross-Cultural Research
Australian National University
Topic: Redocumenting the making of 1950s films of the Ngaanyatjarra people of Western Australia and the role of such films in the representation of Aboriginal people
Pictured: Tjukuria artist Nyarapai Giles, who was filmed by Keith Adams in the late 1950s for his film "Northern Safari" and Pam McGrath
School of Historical Studies and School of Culture and Communication
University of Melbourne
Topic: Indigenous Arts and Music and its Historical and Political Significance
School of Classics, History and Religion
University of New England
Topic: People, Place and Time: the Weilmoringle Community
Pictured: Lorina accepting award. Photograph by Neal McCracken, ANU Photography