Indigenous people have much to teach today’s land managers and the wider community about caring for the environment. “Through Our Eyes: Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge: Past, Present and Future”, is an innovative project that shares the traditional ecological knowledge of elders and their communities throughout the Western NSW Catchment.
So far, there have been 44 videos made featuring the Barwon-Darling River, the Narran Lakes area and Mutawintji, a site of great cultural significance on the Darling River. These videos are part of a larger project to document Aboriginal land management practices and cultural knowledge, and to make it accessible for current and future generations. The videos have been brought together on a beautifully produced DVD (see below for details), and you can also view them on the Western Catchment Management Authority’s (now Western Local Land Services) You Tube channel.
We also feature stories on Riverspace about two other sites in Western New South Wales that are very important to aboriginal people. Some images of the Brewarrina Fish Traps are below, and you can read more about this amazing heritage site by following this link to learn more about Baiames-ngunnhu.
Another significant site is the Narran Lakes, a beautiful wetland complex in Western New South Wales which has a range of spiritual and ecological values. Follow this link to read more about Dharriwaa.
This project is a wonderful example of how traditional ecological knowledge can be shared through story.
For a summary of the videos on the Through our Eyes DVD and to order a copy follow this link – Creative Spirits, or watch them on the Western Catchment Management Authority’s (now Western Local Land Services) You Tube channel.