How do Indigenous Australians Read the Stars?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have developed a number of practical ways to observe the various properties of stars to inform navigation, calendar development, time keeping, food economics, and weather prediction. This knowledge contains a significant scientific component, which is encoded in oral traditions and material culture. This talk will explore the many ways in which Indigenous Australians encoded scientific information in their knowledge systems and some of the ways in which they pass this knowledge to successive generations. It will feature video of Torres Strait Islander dances, songs, and interviews.

This Lecture is being co-organised with the Swinburne Indigenous Studies Group and is being held in National Reconciliation Week 2017.

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Rising moon dance - Duane Hamacher
Two Meriam men perform a dance to a song about how the Moon rises over their home island, helping them navigate back from visits to other islands in the Torres Strait.
Presenter: Dr Duane Hamacher , Senior Research Fellow, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University
Date: Friday 2 June 2017
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus, AMDC building, AMDC301
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