Designed to help Indigenous communities narrate and preserve their history, Mukurtu is a wonderful resource for storytellers (and story consumers). Since its feature in the 04-26-2019 Scout Report, the platform has continued to add to its impressive portfolio as a tool for film projects, audio archives, virtual photo albums, and other creative endeavours.
Mukurtu is a free content management system (CMS) that describes itself as "a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, narrate, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways." This open-source platform was developed in conversation with Indigenous communities, creating a tool that empowers communities to create digital archives that meet their cultural needs while also enabling them to share their culture online. Its core features include traditional knowledge labels, community records that "provide space for multiple cultural narratives," cultural protocols that allow indigenous communities "to determine fine-grained levels of access to [their] digital heritage materials based on [their] community needs and values," and a feature that lets users import and export items while preserving their metadata. Under the Showcase tab, readers will find links to 10 existing Mukurtu sites as examples of how this CMS can be implemented. Mukurtu is a Drupal-based CMS with an accompanying iOS, iPadOS, and Android mobile app allowing users to create and upload content on the go. Mukurtu is developed and maintained by the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University, and it is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, among others.