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RAA Annual Public Lecture 2019/20 – Prof Jo McDonald, AGNSW Sydney, 7 March.
7 March 2020 @ 5:45 pm
Researchers working with Aboriginal people in Australia’s north-west are forging new understandings of this amazing national treasure. And new management regimes which include Indigenous Protected Areas and co-managed national parks are providing the platforms for sustainable new economies for Aboriginal people working with rock art on-country. With the rise of adventure and educational tourism, rock art provides a vital interface between deep time and contemporary Aboriginal values. This talk focuses on some of the partnerships between Aboriginal communities and researchers at the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management, UWA, and highlights some of the magnificent rock art of Australia’s north-west which is enabling these new understandings and economic opportunities.
Jo McDonald is the Director of the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management at UWA. She held the Rio Tinto Chair in Rock Art Studies (2012-2017). She recently completed an ARC Future Fellowship (2011-2016). Her Fellowship project studied rock art, social and environmental change in two of the great deserts of the world: the Western Desert in Australia and the Great Basin in the USA. Prior to taking up her role at UWA, Jo ran a leading cultural heritage practice based in Sydney. She has more than 35 years’ experience in managing Indigenous archaeology and has been researching rock art throughout this time.
Delivered by Professor Jo McDonald
Director of the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management at UWA (CRAR+M)
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