Stepping stones across the Lihir Islands: Developing cultural heritage management in the context of a gold mining operation

Bainton, Nicholas A., Ballard, Chris, Gillespie, Kirsty and Hall, Nicholas (2011) Stepping stones across the Lihir Islands: Developing cultural heritage management in the context of a gold mining operation. International Journal of Cultural Property, 18 1: 81-110.


Author Bainton, Nicholas A.
Ballard, Chris
Gillespie, Kirsty
Hall, Nicholas
Title Stepping stones across the Lihir Islands: Developing cultural heritage management in the context of a gold mining operation
Journal name International Journal of Cultural Property   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0940-7391
1465-7317
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0940739111000087
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 81
End page 110
Total pages 30
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Large-scale resource extraction projects often create obstacles for the protection, maintenance, and inheritance of indigenous cultural heritage. In this article we detail some of the challenges and opportunities arising from our collaborative partnership with the community of the Lihir Islands in Papua New Guinea, which is seeking to establish, inform, and resource a formal cultural heritage management program in the context of a large-scale gold-mining operation. The general approach to this collaborative venture involves the application of a specific development tool, the Stepping Stones for Cultural Heritage program. This consultative process is innovative in both Melanesia and the context of resource extraction, but also more generally within the field of cultural heritage. We describe the outcomes of this process and some of the initial pilot projects, one of which was based on the recording of traditional Lihirian songs. We also argue that while the mine places greater pressure upon Lihirian cultural heritage, it also presents Lihirians with the opportunity to realize a vision of their cultural future that is beyond the reach of many other indigenous communities.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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