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The First Astronomers: How Indigenous Elders read the stars with Duane Hamacher

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  • Altona Library
    123 Queen Street, Altona VIC 3018, Australia

Our eyes have been drawn away from the skies to our screens. We no longer look to the stars to forecast the weather, predict the seasons or plant our gardens.

First Nations Elders around the world still maintain this knowledge and there is much we can learn from them. The First Astronomers reveals the rich knowledge of the stars and the planets held by First Peoples around the world. Guided by six First Nations Elders, Assoc Prof Duane Hamacher takes us on a journey across space and time to reveal the wisdom of the first astronomers. These living systems of knowledge challenge conventional ideas about the nature of science and the longevity of oral tradition.

Indigenous science is dynamic, adapting to changes in the skies and on Earth, pointing the way for a world facing the profound disruptions of climate change.

Local independent bookseller Book and Paper will be in attendance for book sales and Duane will be available to sign any books on the night.