Monash Indigenous Centre Library
Building 55 level 2. Clayton Campus
Abstract: Indigenous Australians developed rich astronomical knowledge systems that utilise the sun, moon, and stars for navigation, time-keeping, seasonal calendars, food economics, social structure, law, ceremony, and totemic systems. These knowledge systems are weaved into complex traditions that have been handed to successive generations for thousands of years and remain an important element of identity and spirituality to Indigenous people to this day. This talk will explore some of these traditions and will discuss the latest research being conducted in Indigenous astronomy, including a major project underway in the Torres Strait. The talk will also discuss ways in which this knowledge is being shared with the public, students, and teachers under the guidance of Indigenous communities.
Bio: Dr. Duane W. Hamacher is a Lecturer and ARC Research Fellow in the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His teaching and research focuses on Indigenous astronomical knowledge. His current ARC project explores cultural astronomy in the Torres Strait. He earned degrees in astrophysics and Indigenous studies and works as an astronomy educator at Sydney Observatory.
For enquiries, contact Beverly Thomson
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Dr Sandy O’Sullivan.
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Monash Indigenous Centre Library,
Building 55 level 2. Clayton Campus
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