Monash Indigenous Studies Centre

MISC graduate wins anthropology prize

Monash Indigenous Studies Centre PhD graduate Jason Gibson has been awarded the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria (AASV)’s Alpha Archaeology Prize for 2017. Every year the AASV offers the opportunity for students from Monash, La Trobe and the University of Melbourne to present a paper at their regular lectures – as long as it…

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Friday essay: when did Australia’s human history begin?

In July, a new date was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. It is the latest development in a time revolution that has gripped the nation over the past half century. This article seeks to move beyond the view of ancient Australia as a timeless and traditional foundation story to explore the ways in which scientists and humanists are engaging with the deep past as a transformative human history.

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Now live! Animation: Wangilatha Wangu nga Kiyawatha (2017)

The 2017 animation Wangilatha Wangu nga Kiyawatha (Singing Songs and Telling Stories) is based on a book of  songs and stories written and illustrated by Brendan Kennedy in Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti, Latji Latji and Wadi Wadi languages of North Western Victoria around Robinvale, and published by the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages in 2014. These animations…

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Arts Honours 2018 – Information Sessions

Are you thinking about doing your Honours with Monash Arts in 2018? Information sessions for will be held this September and October at our Caulfield and Clayton campuses. Please see the listing below for session details. School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics English as an International Language, Languages, Linguistics, Literary Studies Clayton: Wed 13…

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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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