Monash Indigenous Studies Centre

Monash Arts Graduate Coursework Programs Event in Jakarta

SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2017 GRADUATE COURSEWORK PROGRAMS IN ARTS, HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES: Inspiring Graduates to Achieve Great Things Join Monash Arts graduates and academics, and discover the ways in which our Arts graduate programs will inspire, guide, and launch you into achieving incredible outcomes and careers with a lasting impact. REGISTER SESSION 1: 11am-12noon…

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First Australians lived through the Ice Age: what must we learn for our future?

For over 60,000 years Aboriginal Australians lived and thrived in the Australian landscape. They had sophisticated and complex social systems with languages and religions that were unrecognisable to 19th century Europeans. Today, more of the ingenuity and wisdom in Aboriginal Australian’s practices and knowledge systems is being uncovered – revealing significant potential solutions for our imminent…

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How far they’ll go: Moana shows the power of Polynesian celestial navigation

Duane W. Hamacher, Monash University and Carla Bento Guedes, UNSW This article contains minor spoilers. One of the greatest feats of human migration in history was the colonisation of the vast Pacific Ocean by Polynesian peoples. They achieved it thanks to their sophisticated knowledge of positional astronomy and celestial navigation. The Disney film Moana has…

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The detective work behind the Budj Bim eel traps World Heritage bid

Ian J. McNiven, Monash University Last month, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull visited the Gunditjmara community of southwest Victoria to announce that the federal government had included the Budj Bim cultural landscape on its World Heritage Tentative List. It was, he said, the first area [in Australia] exclusively listed for its Aboriginal culture and heritage and…

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Joyous, comic and grim: the best new Indigenous playwrights

Maryrose Casey, Monash University “Yellamundie” is a Darug word for storyteller, and the name of a biennial play development festival for Indigenous Australian writers run in Sydney since 2013. The Yellamundie Festival, an initiative of Moogahlin Performing Arts and this year part of the Sydney Festival, brings new, emerging and established Indigenous writers together with…

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Museums are returning Indigenous human remains but progress on repatriating objects is slow

Myles Russell Cook, University of Melbourne and Lynette Russell, Monash University It’s not difficult to imagine how someone might be prevented from paying respects to their ancestors and ensuring proper observances because they’re buried overseas. Thousands of families who’ve lost relatives during the battles of far-off wars know only too well the distress of loved…

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Duane Hamacher on ABC’s Lateline: how Aboriginal astronomy provides clues to ancient life

Dr Duane W. Hamacher from the Monash Indigenous Centre  has been working with Aboriginal elders at a secret location in Victoria to reconstruct their knowledge of the stars and planets. This ancient site could be the oldest astronomical observatory in the world, pre-dating Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza. Dr Hamacher spoke on ABC’s Lateline…

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MIC researchers contribute to new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence

Monash Indigenous Centre Associate Professor Bruno David, Professor Ian McNiven and Professor Lynette Russell are contributing to a new national research project, The Australia Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. Associate Professor Bruno David , Professor Ian McNiven and Professor Lynette Russell are members of the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and…

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From Story to 3D Animation: Preserving Indigenous knowledge through the Monash Country Lines Project

Last year, a group of academics and staff working on the Monash Country Lines Archive  gave a presentation on their work at the ATALM (Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums) Conference in Washington DC. The Monash Country Lines Archive (MCLA) is a collaborative Monash University project between the Monash Indigenous Centre (MIC), Monash Arts and the…

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