The rich knowledge systems of Indigenous Australians contain a scientific component used for subsistence survival and social economy. Complex traditions enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to hand this knowledge down over tens of thousands of years.
The Faculty of Arts Focus Program on Indigenous Scientific Knowledge – hosted by the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre – merges interdisciplinary research and builds collaborative links between the humanities/social sciences and the physical/natural sciences. Working with Indigenous communities and collaborating with scientific organisations, the program explores Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a collaborative and mutually beneficial manner.
We study Indigenous Knowledge about four broad topics: Astronomy and Sky Knowledge, Environmental and Landscape Knowledge, Ecological and Medicinal Knowledge, and Mathematical and Technological Knowledge.
Working alongside the Monash Country Lines Archive, the Indigenous Scientific Knowledge program will develop a formidable body of scholarship, public outreach, and a spectacular visual archive, changing the way we understand and manage our natural environment.
Keynote Lecture: "Aboriginal Astronomy, Heritage, and Light Pollution" AstroLight 2016 (10 Sept 2016)
In the Media
CAAMA Radio Interview on Indigenous Astronomy (18 Aug 2016) Collaborations - Partners in Knowledge. Nature (28 July 2016). Dr Duane Hamacher discusses Emu in the Sky. 612 ABC Brisbane (4 July 2016) Keynote Lecture: The Science of Aboriginal Star Knowledge. Final Frontier Festival (2 July 2016) Astronomy the Centre point of Indigenous culture, researcher says. ABC Science News (3 June 2016).
- Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (Project Leader)
- Monash Centre for Astrophysics
- Monash School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment
- Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
- Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
- Museum Victoria
- Melbourne Planetarium
- Fireballs in the Sky / Desert Fireball Network
- Mount Burnett Observatory