Mapping Aboriginal routes to link landscape knowledge and cultural identity (2017–2020)
This project aims to develop novel methods for Aboriginal communities to describe and share place-based knowledge of cultural landscapes using historical travel routes. This is a priority to reconnect people to their cultural identify and uncovering significant heritage trails in southeast Queensland. The Wakka Wakka people will train Indigenous youth in GIS technologies to collect place-based stories from elders, thus facilitating inter-generational knowledge transfer. The spatial rendering of cultural landscapes through story maps and participatory mapping is an innovative area of research that will enhance indigenous cultural identity and awareness, build social capital, and document current and historical connections to 'country'.