How We See It? Aboriginal Cosmology Symposium, 21-22 Feb 2019

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Aboriginal or Yolngu people have been observing geology, cosmology and the weather for millennia but have not had the opportunity to document their Yolngu cosmology of women’s Djurrwirr Yalu (Great Bowerbird Nest) ‘science’ knowledge.

This symposium will showcase the work undertaken in the field of Aboriginal/Yolngu Cosmology (i.e.the relationship between people, country and laws that set out the realm of experience). It will expand the knowledge base and enhance the capability of Yolngu researchers to address their issues in the public policy debate of the anticipated Djurrwirr Yalu standpoint principles on women and gender, Indigenous education, culture, sexuality and health of Aboriginal people.

 

Symposium Program:

Symposium Day 1 – Thursday 21 February

Venue: CDU, Casuarina Campus, Building Blue 2A 1.01 (MAP)

8.30am

Welcome to Country – Ms Bilawara Lee

8.35am

Australian Anthem in Warramirri – Mr Clive Munyarryun

8.40am

College Welcome – Professor Ruth Wallace

8.45am

House Keeping & Introduction of ARC project – Dr Linda Ford

Introduction – Ms Bettina Danganbarr & Mr Clive Munyarryun

Setting the Scene – Mr James Wäluŋ Bukulatjpi (via phone)

9.00am

Keynote:

Women as Mediators in Yolngu Cosmology – Dr Ian McIntosh

10.00am

Morning tea

10.15am

Presentations by:

•          Mr Terry Yumbulul & Ms Clely Yumbulul

•          Ms Dianne Biritjalawuy

•          Ms Brenda Muthamuluwuy

•          Ms Joanne Gondarra, Mr Alvin Balwitjmi Bukulatjpi & Ms Hanna Gondarra

•          Ms Bettina Danganbarr & Mr Henry Burarrwanga

12.00pm

Lunch

13.00pm

A world without Wolmay? Warramiri cosmology structuring the curriculum at Gäwa Christian School – Mr Ben Van Gelderen

13.40pm

Technology and Remote Communities – Ms Marianne St Clair & Mr David Murtagh

14.20pm

Plenary Session

14.50pm

Closed

Symposium Day 2 - Friday 22 February

Venue: CDU, Casuarina Campus, Building Blue 2A 1.01 (MAP)

8.30am

Welcome to Day Two.

Presentations by:

•          Dr Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka AM & Mr Colin Baker

•          Dr Waymamba Gaykamaŋu & Mr Yasunori (Nori) Hayashi

9.45am

Morning tea

10.00am

PARADISEC – digital archive of materials from endangered cultures – Professor Linda Barwick & Ms Jodie Kell

10.40am

Launch of New Ways for Old Ceremonies Repository – Dr Linda Ford, Ms Chloe Ford, Ms Emily Ford, & Ms Nicole Thompson

11.30am

Plenary/ Open Discussion

12.00pm

Lunch

13.00am

Breakout Session & Networking

Some of the presentations will be recorded and uploaded to the Northern Institute's VIMEO Channel after the symposium.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT.  LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE.

PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR DETAILS BELOW TO REGISTER TO ATTEND. 

 
 

For more information please contact:

Pawinee Yuhun
Research Associate

Northern Institute 
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society
T: +61 8 8946 7465
F: +61 8 8946 7175
E: pawinee.yuhun@cdu.edu.au

This event is sponsored by: