The Moon and the Stars in First Nations Science and in Aboriginal Lore

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Join Professor Tony Dreise for the next talk in our Works That Shaped The World series.

Long before Apollo 11, long before Galileo or Aristotle, long before the artists, poets and writers we typically know looked up at the stars and tried to explain and interpret the shimmering heavens above, the First Nations people of Australia enjoyed a distinctive relationship with the moon and the cosmos.

In this talk we explore that relationship, weaving together traditional Aboriginal traditions and contemporary approaches, melding culture and science, to tell a vivid story.

Talk: 6:15-7:15pm

Drinks and food: 7:15-8pm

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Presented by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Centre, Works That Shaped The World is an engaging series of talks exploring humankind's great achievements and astonishing creations. Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969, the inaugural 2019 series explores the moon through topics ranging from Shakespeare and cinema, to environmental humanities and Pythagoras. Find out more about the series and subscribe to the podcast at

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