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Learning the star knowledge of first Australians

Learning the star knowledge of first Australians

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people use their understanding of the night sky for a range of reasons. From storytelling to navigation, their knowledge of the stars is also used as a guide for informing traditional Law, social behaviours, kinship systems, and marriage classes – a practice that continues today. 

“Indigenous astronomy” is more than the star knowledge of Indigenous people: it is the First Astronomy – the science of the stars that existed before, and independent of, the development of Western science.