Aboriginal Nature and Bioscience Park (Girinyalanha): A journey of research into Aboriginal cultural engagement and science

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The Aboriginal Nature and Bioscience Park was developed by Charles Sturt University (CSU) staff in partnership with the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council on degraded remnant open forest on Orange campus. Known as Girinyalanha, in Wiradjuri this means: a place to meet, discuss, and share knowledge. The summary of our aims are to: 1. preserve the remnant forest, 2. help preserve fast-disappearing Aboriginal knowledge about local species, 3. conserve rare and endangered local species, 4. develop a culturally appropriate educational and recreational area, 5. research the pharmaceutical, food and horticultural potential of species, and, 6. assist in social and educational research.
Grants have allowed for traditional burns and Western approaches to the removal of weed infestations, and the creation of paths and a Yarning Circle. Aboriginal cultural ceremonies have occurred as public events on site, as well as highly successful CSU Orange campus NAIDOC celebrations, and various teaching and learning experiences for students across several degree courses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiodiversity Dreaming
Subtitle of host publicationSustaining nature and agriculture after 200 years of European inland settlement in the Central Western Region of New South Wales
EditorsCilla Kinross, David Goldney, Anne Kerle, Barbara Mactaggart
Place of PublicationBathurst, N.S.W
PublisherGreening Bathurst
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978064856311
ISBN (Print)9780648563105
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2019
EventBiodiversity Dreaming Conference 2015 - Charles Sturt University Bathurst, Bathurst, Australia
Duration: 10 Nov 201511 Nov 2015
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sTW9j2L3ZSbuhl87EkFSt_YzZEvWhukd/view (proceedings)


ConferenceBiodiversity Dreaming Conference 2015
OtherCopy of program attached to PID 32204978
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