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The MAD Podcast - Episode 10, Unlocking Ancient Wisdom with Future Tech- Within and Beyond Australia

By Emelie

The MAD Podcast - Episode 10, Unlocking Ancient Wisdom with Future Tech- Within and Beyond Australia THIS EPISODE: In today’s episode, we tag along with Anna Krej, who is conducting her PhD Research in Archaeology with the Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage - An exciting collaboration between 20 universities and other organisations attempting to answer questions about Australia's deep past. During our conversation, we touch upon the merging of the ontologies of Science and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge. Exploring how burning in dry landscapes during dry season - what appears like an utterly mad solution - might hold key insights to how we can better manage droughts and fires as we face increasing threats of climate change. We also look into the fluiding and resilience of Culture - and transition into reflecting upon the pivotal time we are currently in: how Today’s technology can help us unlock ancient knowledge and wisdoms from the Past - making us uniquely equipped to craft the next generation sustainable solutions for the Future. We explore cases with Drones, 3D Modelling, thousand year old fish traps and much more. Collectively, recognising that it would simply be MAD - to Not fuse perspectives and listen to learnings from the past, before we move forward. So, tune in for some truly interesting leaps in space and time - and the constant practice of unlearning and learning. DELVE DEEPER: Anna Kreij, Australia, Archaeology Ph.D. student, James Cook University. MAD about equality, indigenous knowledge, and how the past can inform the future. Anna Kreij, Australian archaeologist, researching Aboriginal land management techniques in northern Australia’s savanna to uncover ancient land management strategies and better inform current practices. If you want to know more about the topics discussed in the podcast, Anna has shared the following links for our listeners to be introduced to the Dreamtime, the diversity of Australian Aboriginal culture and language, and more details on fish traps (if you are nerdy and love them as much as we do!) - Word Up! With Anne Poelina talking about and the Dreamtime in Nyikina language: https://abcmedia.akamaized.net/rn/podcast/2018/12/aye_20181208_1840.mp3. - An Aboriginal Creation story told from central Australia https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/videos/story-of-god/the-aboriginal-creation-story-4214.aspx and a tale of how the rivers of southern Australia was formed https://iview.abc.net.au/show/abc-open-mother-tongue/series/0/video/RA1704H003S00. And a personal story of Aboriginal history and connection to country at Uluru, central Australia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0sWIVR1hXw. - To see the Gulf of Carpentaria country through the eyes of Kaiadilt and Lardil people, check out their beautiful artwork https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/case-studies/mornington-island-art-and-fashion and like the facebook page Mirndiyan Gununa - Mornington Island. - Drones and fishtraps https://epicaustralia.org.au/drones-used-to-study-extensive-aboriginal-stone-walled-fishtraps-in-the-gulf-of-carpentaria/

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