Presented at the “Illawarra Aborigines Before Colonisation” conference held at the University of Wollongong on 1-2 August 2015.
Abstract: Indigenous astronomical knowledge is filled with connections between stellar positions, animal behaviour, seasonal change, sacred law and ceremony, and includes descriptions of past astronomical events. This talk explores the science encoded in oral traditions connections and discusses current research being done by Nura Gili staff and students in Indigenous Astronomy. Examples from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups are discussed.
Bio: Dr Duane Hamacher is a Lecturer and ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and leads Nura Gili’s Indigenous Astronomy Group. His research focuses on cultural and historical astronomy. He earned graduate degrees in astrophysics and Indigenous Studies, is a Council member of the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC), and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage (JAHH).