Astronomical knowledge and traditions in the Torres Strait

The astronomical knowledge of indigenous peoples across the world has gained much significance as scientists continue to unravel the embedded knowledge in material culture and oral traditions. As social scientists gain a stronger role in emerging scholarship on indigenous astronomy, growing evidence of celestial knowledge is being rediscovered in artefacts, iconography, document archives, literature, folklore, music, language and performances. This project seeks to investigate an under-explored area of astronomical knowledge in Australia. It will be the first comprehensive study of the astronomical traditions of Torres Strait Islanders and will add to the growing body of knowledge regarding indigenous astronomy.

ARC Discovery Project

Duane Hamacher
Monash Indigenous Studies Centre


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