"First Nations cultures and languages are being revitalised around the country.
More non-Indigenous Australians are becoming interested in what Indigenous
knowledges can teach us today.
The First Inventors
is a new documentary series bringing Indigenous
knowledges and technologies from communities across the continent to audiences.
The series premieres on NITV and Network 10 on Thursday 15 June.
The three of us became involved in The First Inventors
in early 2020
(Behrendt as a writer and then director; Ulm as deputy director and McNiven as
a chief investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence
for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, the principal research partner for
The series follows story lines across the continent and across the skies. It
explores how people transformed the continent through management and story. It
covers navigation, aeronautics, kinship, memory, trade, communication and much
Historically, First Nations peoples in Australia have been falsely represented
as simple, uninventive, and isolated. This view has been thoroughly discredited
by decades of partnership research between First Nations peoples and
There are many ways Indigenous and Western ways of knowing can work together
collaboratively and respectfully to better understand Australia’s past and
Share and enjoy,
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics