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Navigating the Stars with the First Astronomers

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  • Hawkesbury Library Central
    300 George Street, Windsor NSW 2756, Australia

Explore details of his stellar study of the cultural astronomy and songline connections and rediscover stargazing through the eyes of Australia's First Peoples.

Australian Aboriginal peoples, who arrived in what is now the Australian continent approximately 65,000 years ago, are now accepted as the modern peoples with the longest continuous culture on Earth. Their culture, which includes observational astronomy, has a strong connection to the night sky, which is represented in Aboriginal stories and traditional knowledge. The Aboriginal belief in Country, their connection to the land they have lived upon, extends to the songlines that crisscross Australia, and these songlines may be a means to encode memory of stories and resource management. Recent evidence points to the remarkable accuracy in such stories describing sea level rise from over 7000 years ago.

Join us for a fascinating look into the First Astronomers.

Refreshments to be served from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

For group bookings of more than 7 people, please contact the Library on 02 4560 4460.