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Ray Norris (WSU/CSIRO)

National Reconciliation Week Colloquium: Ray Norris – Indigenous Astronomy and Navigation

The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium
15:00-16:00 Wed 26 May 2021

Faraday Room/Schottky Room/Online


Aboriginal people in Australia have a rich astronomical tradition such as the "Emu in the Sky" constellation of dark clouds, and stories about the Sun, Moon, and stars,  revealing a depth and complexity of pre-contact Aboriginal cultures which are not widely appreciated by outsiders. Not only did they know the sky intimately, but they were familiar with planetary motions, tides, and eclipses. Their songs and stories show that Aboriginal Australians sought to understand their Universe in a similar way to modern science. They used this knowledge of the sky to construct calendars, songlines, and other navigational tools, enabling them to navigate across the country, trading artefacts and sacred stories.


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