Exploring Astronomical Knowledge and Traditions in the Torres Strait

  • Hamacher, Duane, (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Description

The astronomical knowledge of Indigenous people across the world has gained much
significance as scientists continue to unravel the embedded knowledge in material culture and oral traditions.
As social scientists gain a stronger role in emerging scholarship on Indigenous astronomy, growing evidence
of celestial knowledge is being rediscovered in artefacts, iconography, document archives, literature, folklore,
music, language, and performances. This project seeks to investigate an underexplored area of astronomical
knowledge in Australia. It will be the first comprehensive study of the astronomical traditions of Torres Strait
Islanders and will add to the growing body of Indigenous knowledge regarding the sun, moon, and stars.
Effective start/end date30/06/1412/11/19


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD138,607.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD48,887.00