Kaipumakani is a hub for the Mukurtu content management system. Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a free, mobile, and open source platform built with Indigenous communities to manage and share digital cultural heritage. It’s a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways. Mukurtu are committed to maintaining an open, community-driven approach to Mukurtu’s continued development. Our first priority is to help build a platform that fosters relationships of respect and trust.

Traditional Knowledge Labels

Mukurtu supports Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels, an approach to managing intellectual property inspired by the Creative Commons. TK Labels allow Indigenous communities to assert moral right to traditional cultural heritage in non-legal contexts. More information can be found on the Local Contexts website.

Sample Mukurtu Sites


Mukurtu CMS is managed by the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Mukurtu is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), which means anyone is free to download it and share it with others. This open development model means that people are constantly working to make sure Mukurtu is a cutting-edge platform that supports the unique needs of indigenous libraries, archives and museums as they seek to preserve and share their digital heritage. Mukurtu encourages collaboration and innovation and seeks to offer respectful and responsible models for content management.

Mukurtu Hubs & Spokes

Kaipumakani is a participating hub in the Mukurtu Hubs & Spokes project, led by the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this project will create regional centers of support and training and update the Mukurtu software to a 3.0 release. Each Mukurtu hub will contribute to the software updates and provide local training and support for community users. You can read more about the project in the May/June 2017 issue of D-Lib Magazine.