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A new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, On Country, is celebrating how Indigenous people use generations of knowledge to manage Australia's land, rivers and oceans.
The exhibition aims to show that whilst land management is often challenging, it is also life-affirming and gives hope for the future when it comes to adjusting to climate change and dealing with the challenges of an evolving planet. The photos from the exhibition, around 90, exhibit how Indigenous communities are using traditional and modern land management techniques to manage cultural sites and heritage values, as well as fire regimes, feral animals, pollution and the impacts of climate change.
Curator Barbara Paulson said she hoped people would come away from the exhibition understanding more about how hard Indigenous people worked to maintain their connection to the land. 'I think what people are going to take away from this exhibition is how amazing that connection is and how it gets expressed in a daily way, not in a formal way, just every day,' she said. 'Not just through the work that they do but through the community and the relationships that they build.'
Two of the photographs in the exhibition were taken by Ngambri custodian from Canberra, Paul House, and showed the site of the Tuggeranong grinding stones. 'I think the message is that Aboriginal people still have a powerful connection to country, and wish to be given the opportunity to maintain that, through living and working and celebrating their existence.'
Source: Canberra Times