Indigenous Technologies and Traces

Traditional knowledge, including data and information (e.g. land management, dream time stories, language, tools etc.), has been communicated in Indigenous communities for over 60,000 years. This knowledge is largely communicated through storytelling, art, dance, and orally which is quite different to how information is traditionally communicated and passed on in modern European society. Personally, I get my information from written text in books and now websites. A such, I think it would be fascinating to lead a classroom inquiry on “ways of knowing” in Australian Indigenous culture. How have Indigenous Australians left traces of information over such a long period of time? What technologies have they developed and used to achieve this? What codes have they used, in traditional dance, song and stories? What is considered public and private information and what ciphers are used to maintain private knowledge?

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