Researchers at the University are commited to the understanding and sustaining of Indigenous culture and heritage.
The realities of mining and the sensitivities of rich deposits throughout Western Australia demand that this area is of great importance to our State and its future.
This realisation begins the dialogue to understand and respect cultural and community sensitivities, and stakeholder expectations, and to work towards the transparency that good governance must bring. UWA brings an independent and informed voice to this discussion.
UWA's Centre for Rock-Art Studies brings together researchers with extensive experience and allows them to work in collaborative, partnership-based research projects with Indigenous communities around Australia and abroad.
Of critical importance to their success is a well-developed understanding and awareness of cultural protocols, ethics, and sensitivities in dealing with Indigenous cultural heritage.
In creating a socially acceptable working environment, Centre staff engage in ongoing community consultation and negotiation and are recognised internationally through publication and conference presentations on their approaches to working with Indigenous communities.
Our archaeologists work closely with Indigenous community groups such as Native Title and Indigenous Ranger organisations on training and education initiatives, as well as innovative results reporting methods including 3D site visits and community posters.
UWA also has a vibrant School of Indigenous Studies.
Some of the key areas of interest for the School’s staff include:
Noted author and artist, Professor Sally Morgan, is one of Australia’s most recognised Indigenous artists and is highly regarded for her writings on art, heritage, and traditional attachments to country.