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What is Mukurtu?

Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a Warumungu word that means a safe keeping place for sacred materials. Beginning as a collaboration between the Warumungu community, Kim Christen and Craig Dietrich, Mukurtu grew into an open source CMS platform that allows communities to manage and share their digital cultural heritage on their own terms. It is currently developed and maintained by the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University.

Similar to Omeka, Mukurtu allows users to create digital collections and exhibitions. However, unlike other CMS, Mukurtu can configure and control access to its materials. Depending on their level of access, users can upload objects, curate collections, or share collections. Users can make personal collections privately or publicly accessible.

Who would want to use Mukurtu?

Because Mukurtu was built with indigenous communities in mind, it offers extra features that make it particularly useful for communities that want to manage access to content on their own terms. Configurable access levels allow individual users and moderators to add, manage, and/or view particular content and collections. It also includes different kinds of tags to specify sacred knowledge accessible by specific groups. Finally, users can create a dictionary to document language through keywords and audio files (such as a sample dictation of a sentence).

How do I get access to Mukurtu?

Mukurtu requires a host server and software application. The application can be downloaded from their Github repository or through Reclaim Hosting.

Where can I get more help with it?

Mukurtu CMS has a very informative “Getting Started” guide, which introduces its various features. In addition, many of the topics on their support site come with video tutorials..

What are some examples of Mukurtu sites?

The Passamaquoddy People site, as well as Ro(u)ted By Our Stories use Mukurtu default themes. The [//// Voices of Amiskwaciy site employs more styling over the default template. Those who are more comfortable with coding, especially Java, can modify the default themes.