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Sheehan, Norm; Walker, Polly – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2001
The Purga Elders Centre in Queensland (Australia) is an Aboriginal-owned meeting place where Aboriginal culture and history are lived and passed on. Research conducted there is based on Indigenous Knowledge Research (IKR), which is grounded in Indigenous realities and approaches knowledge only through respect for Indigenous epistemologies. Twenty…
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Action Research, Cultural Education, Cultural Maintenance
Whap, Georgina – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2001
Indigenous knowledge is a living, breathing concept and must be treated with care and respect. This living knowledge is transmitted orally. At the University of Queensland (Australia), the Torres Strait Islander Studies course was taught in the Indigenous way, and elders were involved throughout, from formatting the course outline to the running…
Descriptors: College Programs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Holistic Approach
Magowan, Fiona – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2001
The Yolngu people of Australia's Northern Territory trace their lineage through places in the land and water. Movements of currents represent movements of clans over time. Patterns of sound and design are associated with particular groups and with body parts. These essences are conveyed in ritual songs that are crucial ways of knowing oneself and…
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Anthropology, Foreign Countries, Genealogy