2019 Pre-ATALM Workshop: Providing Culturally Appropriate Digital Access to Indigenous Cultural Collections


This workshop focused on the use of Mukurtu Content Management System (CMS) in tribal archives, libraries and museums. Mukurtu CMS, developed with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is a free content management system that allows communities to preserve, share, manage, license and curate digital heritage and stories using their own cultural protocols, languages and social values. In this workshop, participants received hands-on training in setting up a Mukurtu site, implementing Mukurtu's core features including a dictionary and mobile application, and the step-by-step procedures to curate digital heritage items utilizing Mukurtu CMS. Examples of Mukurtu in use in communities emphasizing preservation strategies, cultural protocols and the use of the Traditional Knowledge Labels was provided. Participants were encouraged to bring digital media to use during the workshop.

This resource provides information on Mukurtu CMS version 2.1. For the most current information on Mukurtu CMS, visit https://mukurtu.org and https://support.mukurtu.org for Mukurtu support.

Instructors: Dr. Kim Christen, Professor and Director, Digital Technology and Culture Program, Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, Washington State University; Alex Merrill, Head of Systems and Technical Operations, Washington State University Libraries; Michael Wynne, Digital Applications Librarian, Washington State University Libraries.

ATALM 2019 Workshop Agenda

Get Mukurtu Handout

Mukurtu CMS User Roles and Responsibilities

Mukurtu CMS 3Cs

Mukurtu 3Cs Planning Acitivity

How to Log In

How to Create a Digital Item

How to Upload a Media Asset

How to Create a Community Record

How to Create a Collection

How to Create a Dictionary Word