YYNAC aims to combine western science with indigenous knowledge in a unique cultural mapping exercise.KATHLEEN TONINI April 13, 2012 9:30am
Representatives from Brown University in America will travel to the region next month to take part in an ambitious and unique cultural mapping project in Yorta Yorta country.
Yorta Yorta Nations Aboriginal Corporation’s Living Murray facilitator Lee Joachim said representatives would be in the region for two weeks to undertake ‘‘talking journeys’’ with elders and youth.
The youth would be taught interview skills to enable elders’ stories to be recorded, Mr Joachim said.
As well as interview recordings, areas of significance will be documented and photographed.
This will form one part of a larger project which aims to combine indigenous cultural knowledge and stories with modern technology.
Led by YYNAC, the team involved in the project includes representatives from Monash University, La Trobe University, the World Bank and Brown University.
‘‘What we’re doing is developing an Aboriginal geographical information system,’’ Mr Joachim said.
‘‘They’re interested in supporting our endeavors as well as how it could apply internationally.’’
The project is looking at climate in the region and how cultural activities and and science can help mitigate possible future affects of climate change.
‘‘(It’s about combining) Western science and indigenous knowledge to provide a better outcome for country.’’
The project has been running for about 18 months, and Mr Joachim said it would continue for another 18 months.
Sources of information include elders’ stories, universities, government departments and climate data.
A conference looking at climate change adaptation is set to be held in Echuca-Moama in November as part of the project, which will host representatives from universities and the World Bank.
Mr Joachim will also travel to America to liaise with the Brown Foundation and other foundations for more funding for the project.
He said the corporation was also looking at establishing a research centre on country.
There will be a community information session about the project and other research projects the corporation is involved with on April 27 at the University of Melbourne’s School of Rural Health in Shepparton between 10am and 4pm.
Two new specialist vehicles and more staff boosts Shepparton firefighting capability.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
A Trevaskis Dve resident had a close call on Wednesday when a pot left on the stove caught fire, sending smoke billowing through the house.
Franky Atkinson has won the Victorian super shear title at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.
Many Rochester businesses are reviewing security, following a spate of thefts in the area.
Chilly mornings freeze town
Shane Schottner will break the Seymour club games record when he takes the field against Mooroopna on Saturday.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
An area along O’Keefe Rail Trail will be transformed on National Tree Day on Sunday
Cobram Barooga golf side wins a record four consecutive division one titles in a thrilling playoff.
Deniliquin Rams upset ladder leader Finley in an eighth consecutive victory in the Murray Football League on Saturday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
Benalla Liberal Party President Tony Schneider confirms his nomination for pre-selection as Liberal candidate for Euroa.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.