ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE GIVEN LIFE IN A VIRTUAL WORLD
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ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE GIVEN LIFE IN A VIRTUAL WORLD

Facing a linguistic crisis that threatens the oral traditions that pass on indigenous knowledge, culture and identity, Aboriginal elders have turned to 21st-century animation technology to help sustain intergenerational remembering.From a Western perspective, the songlines of Indigenous Australians can seem like simple origin myths; tales of ancestral beings whose ‘Dreamtime’ actions animate Australia’s creation story. Only more recently have ‘white fellas’ come to realise that songlines defy Western concepts and categories by passing on an encyclopedic knowledge of Australia’s eco-biology, bound up in kinship laws that are embedded in cultural and spiritual traditions. Over thousands of years people have become adept at this unique way of learning, knowing and being. Songlines remain a vast, living archive comprising some 270 distinct languages and about 600 dialects.

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ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE GIVEN LIFE IN A VIRTUAL WORLD