Aboriginal Astronomy in Armidale

Published 08 November 2015
Will Stevens, Aboriginal Astronomer at the Sydney Observatory

Will Stevens, Aboriginal Astronomer at the Sydney Observatory

Later next week the University of New England will be visited by Aboriginal Astronomer at the Sydney Observatory, Will Stevens.

Mr Stevens is a Muruwari man from North West NSW and will deliver a public lecture on Thursday night discussing the night skies as seen through the eyes of the Muruwari, Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay and Awabakal peoples.

The event is linked to the East Armidale Indigenous Community Garden project, coordinated by UNE post-doctoral fellow, Dr Kate Wright.

Dr Wright’s research aims at building social cohesion and expanding people’s understanding of Indigenous scientific knowledge, for example, in astronomy.

“Aboriginal Astronomy exemplifies the complex knowledge systems that have allowed Australian Aboriginal people to survive on this continent for tens of thousands of years”, Dr Wright explained.

Thursday night’s event will take place at the UNE Arts Lecture Theatre 1 at 5.30pm, followed by a number of activities and an official naming ceremony of the New Indigenous Community Garden from 5-9pm on Friday 13 November.


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For further information, please contact Dr Kate Wright on kwrigh33@une.edu.au or 0431 534 955.