June 14, 2017 Landscapes of the past, living in the present

Tales as old as time, twist and swirl across the now desert sands of the once lush Lake Mungo, in South Western NSW. It’s a place that’s home to some of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Lake Mungo shot to fame in the 1960’s when archaeologist Jim Bowler was riding a dirt bike through the dunes of the Great Walls of China, when he saw just the top of a skull, sticking out of the sand. This led to the discovery of Mungo Lady, who was carbon dated to be about 40,000 years old.

Many years later, local educators along with Traditional Owners of the Mungo and Willandra Lakes regions have collaborated to create the Mungo Youth Project as a way of sharing the immense history of the area with high school students from across Australia.

Jim Bowler describes the experience as a real merging of science and traditional Aboriginal culture, as the landscape tells the stories of the past.

A•STAR was lucky enough to be invited along to the Mungo Youth Project 2017. We hope you enjoy what we have captured from this special Aboriginal learning experience.

Bianca Williams
is a Barkindji woman from Country NSW who works with A•STAR