Songlines

The Power and Promise

$19.99

The First Knowledges series offers a deeper understanding of Indigenous knowledges in vital areas, and their application to the present day and the future. Exploring practices such as architecture and design, land management, medicine, astronomy and innovation, this six-book series brings together two very different ways of understanding the natural world: one ancient, the other modern. The first book focuses on songlines.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2020.

ISBN: 9781760761189 Category:

Margo Neale, Lynne Kelly

Description

‘Let this series begin the discussion.’ – Bruce Pascoe

‘An act of intellectual reconciliation. – Lynette Russell

Songlines are an archive for powerful knowledges that ensured Australia’s many Indigenous cultures survived and flourished for over 60,000 years. Much more than a navigational path in the cartographic sense, these vast and robust stores of information are encoded through song, story, dance, art and ceremony, rather than simply recorded in writing.

Weaving deeply personal storytelling with extensive research on mnemonics, Songlines offers unique insights into Indigenous traditional knowledges, how they apply today and how they could help all peoples thrive into the future. This book invites readers to understand a remarkable way for storing knowledge in memory by adapting song, art, and most importantly, Country, into their lives.

Series titles:
2021
Architecture / Design
Land Management / Future Farms
2022
Healing / Medicine / Plants
Astronomy / Constellations
2023
Innovation and Technology

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 13 x 19.8 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 27 October 2020
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 13 x 19.8 cm
Weight 300 g

Margo Neale is head of the Indigenous Knowledges Curatorial Centre, senior Indigenous curator and principal adviser to the director of the National Museum of Australia (NMA). She is also an adjunct professor at the Australian National University and has published widely, including the Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, and curated groundbreaking, award-winning national and international exhibitions, including Songlines:Tracking the Seven Sisters at the NMA in 2017, Emily Kngwarreye and Lin Onus.

Lynne Kelly is a science writer working as an honorary research associate at La Trobe University. Her field of research is the memory methods used by those who depended on their memories for everything they knew: oral cultures including Australian Aboriginal, Native American, Pacific and African cultures. She is also a mnemonist, committing vast amounts of information to memory using the memory technologies of Indigenous peoples. She is the author of The Memory Code and Memory Craft.