Gunditjmara Country & Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
Fri 11 October 2019
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute: MSSI (The University of Melbourne)
The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, located in the traditional country of the Gunditjmara Aboriginal people in Victoria, contains one of the world’s most extensive and oldest aquaculture systems. The Budj Bim lava flows provide the basis for channels, weirs and dams developed by the Gunditjmara in order to trap, store and harvest kooyang (short-finned eel). This seminar will focus on the land, water and biodiversity management work of the Gunditjmara people, traditional owners and native title holders of country in south-west Victoria, including the recent World Heritage Listing of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape. Providing important insights into cultural landscapes, this seminar will showcase traditional knowledge and cultural expertise that is critical to the health, vitality and future of essential ecosystems, particularly in the face of extinction threats and climate change.
About the presenter
Mr Damein Bell is a Gunditjmara man and CEO of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.