Title

Ngalak koora koora djinang (Looking back together): A Nyoongar and scientific collaborative history of ancient Nyoongar boodja

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Aboriginal Studies Press

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

Kurongkurl Katitjin

RAS ID

21694

Comments

Originally published as: Robertson, F., Stasiuk, G., Nannup, N., & Hopper, S. D. (2016). Ngalak koora koora djinang (Looking back together): a Nyoongar and scientific collaborative history of ancient Nyoongar boodja. Australian Aboriginal Studies, (1), 40.

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Abstract

The Synergies of Meaning Research Project, based at Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University, constructs a working relationship between traditional Aboriginal knowledge and Western natural and social scientific knowledge. The aim is to find ways of going forward together. One recently completed focus, Nyoongar Boodja, required the development of a collaborated timeline of the formation of Nyoongar land. Cooperative inquiry and research of narrative methods were used. Eleven eras are identified, with the focus of the first eight being land from (1) The Nyetting (The cold, dark time = Permian ice ages 350 million years ago) to (8) Wardanaak boodja (The Holocene flood, 7000 years ago). Astonishing resonances between the knowledge sets were discovered. This coincidence of Nyoongarinherited lore with Western scientific discoveries about the evolution of Nyoongar boodja highlights the value of walking together, cross-culturally, seeking synergies of meaning.

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