In conversation: Indigenous literatures

2pm – 4pm Venue: St Clements Anglican Church Hall
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This University of Wollongong panel will explore the many and varied ways Aboriginal people tell stories and produce narratives that speak to the diversity and dynamism of Aboriginal history and culture in contemporary Australia. The panel, facilitated by Jodie Stewart, will include Warren Foster, Bruce Pascoe and Noeleen Lumby.
Warren Foster is a proud Yuin-Monaro man and the creator of the Gulaga Dancers, who have been performing for schools, festivals and private functions for over twenty years. He is a talented rap and hip-hop artist who has worked and collaborated with established Indigenous artists, and has released his own album titled Dreamtime. He is also one of the first Aboriginal people to have walked the Bundian Way in over one hundred years. Warren has a vast knowledge of local Aboriginal history and culture and loves teaching his culture.

Noe Lumby is an Aboriginal woman whose family was originally from South Australia. She was raised on the ancestral lands of the D’harawal peoples in the Illawarra. She is a teacher and has a passion for Aboriginal Language and is currently working with the South Coast Language Group in reawakening the South Coast Language. Noe is the 2016 recipient of the Indigenous Heritage Higher Degree by Research Scholarship and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man born in Melbourne who grew up on a remote island in Bass Strait and now lives in Gipsy Point, far-east Gippsland in Victoria. An award-winning author, Bruce Pascoe has written over 20 books, including his acclaimed revolutionary book about pre-colonial Aboriginal agriculture, Dark Emu , ‘Book of the Year’ in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Prize. Bruce was also the publisher and editor of Australian Short Stories from 1982-1998, is on the Board of First Languages Australia and is currently writing a screenplay, fashioning a novel set in Mongolia and exploring native grasses as a new food industry.

David Dixon was born in the Bega Valley 46 years ago. His direct tribal ancestry is within the Bega Valley (Djiringanj) and also the Australian Alps (Ngarigo). David’s interests study and research mostly relate to local history and seeking out platforms for the Djiringanj and Ngarigo people to tell their stories, for example a recent production, with help from local media and volunteers, tells of one of David’s Elders experiences living next to the old Bega tip at Angeldale in 1964, and housing within the Bega community following the 1967 referendum.

Jodie Stewart is a PhD candidate and tutor in the faculty of Laws, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, Bega. Jodie is documenting the development of the Bundian Way project as an important and potentially recuperative public history initiative. Pathways into History: Exploring the Contemporary Aboriginal Past on the Bundian Way, examines how various community members and visitors to the pathway, which stretches from the coast to the high country, think about, evaluate and understand the contemporary Aboriginal past via cognitive and bodily encounters with Aboriginal cultural landscapes.

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