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The Dharug and Lower Hawkesbury River Historical Society

INVITE YOU TO
“A REAWAKENING OF THE BLACK DUCK SONGLINE” AN AFTERNOON WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER ROBERT FULLER

Please join us at the Chapel on Saturday 27th August where we are pleased to welcome Robert Fuller who is an anthropologist/ archaeologist and did a research Masters degree at Macquarie University in indigenous astronomy, and published an article on the cultural astronomy of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples in New South Wales. Robert has recently completed his PhD on the cultural astronomy and songlines of the saltwater Aboriginal peoples of the Australian East Coast.

Robert will be presenting an analysis of a significant Aboriginal songline in south-eastern Australia that has not been previously recorded. As part of a larger project examining the astronomy and songline connections of the Saltwater Aboriginal people of the New South Wales coast, the Black Duck Songline was identified that may have links to the Pleiades star cluster.

The Pleiades, known by many Aboriginal peoples as the Seven Sisters, is one of the most important elements of Aboriginal cosmologies across Australia, and features in songlines and oral traditions, as well as being a resource calendar identifier.

Aboriginal songlines are a unique development of Aboriginal culture that celebrate the travels and feats of the Creator Ancestors as they created the very landscape. Songlines serve as routes of travel for trade and resources and are renewed through ceremony.

The identification of the Black Duck Songline and its possible connection to the Pleiades, is an example of the potential reawakening of other long-distance songlines in Australia and their connection to the cosmology of their communities.

We will meet at the Chapel at 1.00pm. Robert will commence his talk at 1.30pm in the Wesleyan Chapel, 6445 Wisemans Ferry Road, Gunderman and afternoon tea will be served afterwards.

Cost: $15 per head. Price includes a ticket in the raffle to be drawn on the day. Contactless payment will be available.

Bookings essential to [email protected] or phone/text on 0405 321 478 by Wednesday, 24th August.

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