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Indigenous Astronomy Night
Fri. 26 August 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEST
Mount Burnett Observatory and Emerald Secondary College are proud to host an evening of informative talks on Indigenous Astronomy. The evening will begin at 7:00 with the centrepiece being lectures by Dr Duane Hamacher of Monash University and Dr Matthew Whitehouse of the South Carolina State Museum
The evening is free and open to all.
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Dr. Duane Hamacher is an astronomer and Senior ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Centre. His research seeks to understand how Indigenous people developed and encoded scientific information in their Knowledge Systems. This involves developing methodologies for reconstructing damaged or fragmented astronomical knowledge, working closely with Aboriginal and Islander communities to document astronomical traditions, exploring the antiquity of oral tradition, and understanding the connections between sky, land, and sea.
Dr Matthew Whitehouse is an organist, composer, and astronomy educator in the U.S. One of his major artistic interests is exploring connections between music and astronomy, an interest frequently reflected in his work as a composer and performer. Pleiades Visions (2012), his most recent organ work, is inspired by traditional music and mythology associated with the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) star cluster. Improvisation is another of Whitehouse’s specialties, and his organ recitals frequently include improvisations inspired by astronomical images.