Knowledge Systems of Aboriginal Australians: Questions and Answers Arising in a Databasing Project

  • Helen Verran
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4425-0_8690

Why Use a Databasing Project to Tell About an ‘Other’ Knowledge Tradition like that of Aboriginal Australians?

There are many reasons for being interested in ‘other’ peoples and their knowledge. A general or removed interest about ‘others’ often arises out of curiosity. Satisfying that curiosity can put into perspective our selves, our times and places, our cultures and accepted ways of going on. There are many different ways of knowing. Recognising some differences and similarities between knowledge traditions helps to see the strengths and limitations of our own ways.

Sometimes there are more specific reasons for learning and puzzling about other knowledge traditions. In this article I consider knowledge traditions of Aboriginal Australians comparatively, by referring to a particular contemporary way of ‘doing knowledge’. The aim of the project I write out of is to devise some specific forms of databasing that might be useful for Aboriginal people. You can find out more about this...

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