Issue 8
Monday, 01 October 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies Dr Curtis Roman
Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies Dr Curtis Roman

Academic spotlight zooms in on Min Min light

By Patrick Nelson

The mysterious Min Min light is the subject of Charles Darwin University research into Indigenous understanding of the Outback phenomenon.

Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies Dr Curtis Roman said the purpose of the project was to find out what Indigenous people knew about the Min Min light.

“There are various scientific theories about what causes them but there has been no academic enquiry into what Indigenous Australians believe or know about them,” Dr Roman said.

“Indigenous people living in or travelling to remote areas may have their own experiences and beliefs, some of which may have been passed down through the generations. For example, there are some stories that suggest that Indigenous people may believe the Min Min light is a spirit.”

Dr Roman, a Larrakia man, said he was asking his fellow Indigenous Australians to share their stories and beliefs with him in a culturally safe and respectful way.

“Eventually I hope to share with everybody a collection of stories that tell of Indigenous beliefs in this long-standing curiosity through academic journal papers, a seminar and a book.

“The aim is to publish a book with Indigenous folk stories so that these stories are accessible to all people,” he said.

To share a story, please contact Dr Curtis Roman on P: 8946 6067 or E: curtis.roman@cdu.edu.au