Echoes of the Past

A reflection on the extinct Huia of Aotearoa-New Zealand, focusing on the afterlife of this remarkable bird in the form of a recorded imitation of its calls by the Māori elder Henare Hāmana.

NEWS: We’re currently running a series of storytelling competitions in the region.

The Living Archive: Extinction Stories from Oceania is a multimedia space that provides a platform for people to tell their own stories, in their own ways, about what extinction means and how it matters in their lives and places. The Living Archive is grounded in the understanding that personal narratives have the potential to explore local complexity in ways that are relatable and meaningful, and that generate engagement, connection and attentiveness in this time of great loss.


We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of country in Australia. This project is rooted in the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the area on which the University of Sydney now stands. We pay our respect to their elders, past, present, and to come.