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About Awabakal Country

Awabakal Country is in Australia on the east coast. North of Sydney, it encompasses the modern cities of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and surrounding areas.

  • Working with Schools

    - ON HOLD DURING COVID - Our School Workshops give your children a chance to learn some of the Awabakal Language, the traditional Aboriginal language of the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter Valley landscapes. The children thoroughly enjoy our interactive lessons.
    Helping community
  • Consultancy services

    Our Awabakal Language & Culture Team are available to assist where possible in matters relating to Awabakal Language & Culture. Our Centre has a research and conservation development program, so we are regularly learning new things about Awabakal language and culture.
    Working with community
  • Tap into our resources

    Learning Awabakal Language is not just about learning our word for 'eyes' or 'tree'. It is also about learning a different way of viewing the world. Our language is a gateway to our culture. Explore our range of Awabakal language resources - books, posters, snap and flash cards.
    National recognition

Novocastrian 2050: Ecosystem Reboot
Newcastle Garden CQC Session 1: Re-indigeni(z)ing Ecology
Rewa Wright (NZ), Daryn McKenny (AU)
Thu Sep 10, 2020, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm (UTC +2)
Livestream and on Ars Electronica Voyages Channel - In English language

WATCH VIDEO OF SESSION HERE: https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/newcastle-cqc-session-1/

What perspectives and approaches can indigenous knowledge offer the planet as we move toward the future?
The first CQC session kicks off with important indigenous perspectives on ecology past, present and future. Traditional knowledge and stories are not locked in the past, but have the power to inform present and future ways of living. How can we respectfully draw upon indigenous perspectives, without falling back into the lens of colonisation? What are the conversations already taking place between indigenous peoples and scientific points of view, and how is a new culture of collaboration based on empathy and respect being developed? Are we doing enough to bridge the gap using technology as an artistic medium? What are the inherent challenges for both bodies of knowledge from this collaboration? What role can art play, to communicate indigenous knowledge without compromising indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination?

Project Credits / Acknowledgements CQC Participants:
Daryn McKenny (AU) and Rewa Wright (NZ) CQC Visualiser: Rully Zakaria (AU) CQC Catalyst (Moderator): Matt McFarlane (AU) CQC Newcastle Producer: Kristefan Minski (AU) TV Studio Director: Neale Davy (AU) TV Studio Crew: Lachlan Mayfield (AU), Cassandra Thomson (AU), Leah Paterson (AU), Elyh Tarran (AU), Jack Dalton (AU), Sam Baker (AU) Creative Industries Advisor: Bernadette Drabsch (AU) Scientific Advisor: Alex Callen (AU) Special Thanks for technical support: Chris Wedlock (AU) CQC Newcastle project was made possible by the University of Newcastle Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects Scheme (SNaPPS) funding. Research Team: A/Pro Craig Hight, Dr Bernadette Drabsch, Dr Simone O’Callaghan, A/Pro Matthew Hayward, Dr Andrea Griffin, Dr Kaya Klop-Toker, Dr Alexandra Callen.

Special relationship

We are fortunate to have a close relationship with First Languages Australia.

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