Aboriginal people have spent centuries building in the Darling River. Now there are plans to demolish these important structures

Wed, 4 Jan 2023 11:45:30 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Apart from managing the land, Indigenous people have also managed waterways,
including the Murray River and the Darling/Baaka River, for thousands of years.

Like many Indigenous peoples of Australia, the Barkandji people of the Baaka
manipulated and enhanced the river and floodplain ecosystems of their country.

Now, our research on stone, wood and earthen fish traps and fish weirs on the
Baaka and its floodplains reveals how these aquatic resources were managed,
grown and stored by the Barkandji.

These structures, and the cultural practices that sustain them, are still
significant to the Barkandji people – but they’ve been severely affected by
colonisation, and remain at risk from government commitments to irrigation."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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