Indigenous seminar series
15 May 2014
John will talk about Our knowledge-My knowledge: Towards an Intercultural Understanding and how Australian Indigenous knowledge is acquired through years of moving through the land, with much of it predicated on a foundation of kinship which includes both human and non-human kin.
A/Professor John Bradley is the Deputy Director of the Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University. He has been involved with Indigenous issues for the last 37 years. The bulk of his research has been undertaken with the Yanyuwa people in the Northern Territory. He has undertaken research in regards to Yanyuywa knowledge concerning dugong, marine turtle and dolphins. He has also been a senior anthropologist on two land claims under the Land Rights (NT) Act 1976, he has also been involved with local rangers groups working at the intersection of western and Indigenous ways of managing land and sea. He is the author of Singing Saltwater Country, a book that explores in depth the richness of Yanyuwa song line knowledge and in June this year is 37 years of Yanyuwa linguistic research will be published.
In many parts of Australia Indigenous knowledge is not free, it is multi-layered and is acquired through years of moving through the land. Unlike western knowledge much of the way of what the west calls Indigenous knowledge is predicated on a foundation of kinship which includes both human and non-human kin. This presentation will focus on the Yanyuwa people of the south west Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory where I have undertaken field work for over 30 years. This presentation will focus on how the land is the foundation for all kinds of knowledge, some of which western ways of knowledge would categorise as anthropology, biology and ecology, and yet for the Yanyuwa people such categories have little meaning. This presentation will track the ways that knowledge may be held on a day-to-day basis by way of key examples.
Location: Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre