For more than 50,000 years there were over 200 different groups of people living on the landmass now referred to as Australia. All of these groups formed a strong understanding of the land. This knowledge was passed down through thousands of generations. Who holds this knowledge today and is it respected in Australian society? Jacinta Koolmatrie explores these questions and connects them to her own experiences as an Adnyamathanha person. Jacinta Koolmarie is an Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri person who grew up in Port Augusta. Last year she won the Flinders University’s Ken Wanganeen Medal as the most outstanding Indigenous student for her studies in archaeology.
Jacinta is currently working on her Masters thesis, researching Adnyamathanha yura malka (rock art), with a focus on centring Indigenous knowledge. At the beginning of 2017, Jacinta began working at the South Australian Museum with the aim of changing the way museums portray and work with Aboriginal people. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx