Sky Stories 2019 at Sancrox Park was a huge success

Special guest at the fifth annual Sky Stories event at Sancrox, Robert Fuller, spoke about his research into Aboriginal Songlines and how generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples used the geographical world to navigate from one place to another.

Over 600 people gathered to look at the stars on August 16 in partnership with Hastings Secondary College, Wauchope High and Charles Sturt University, astronomy experts and lovers of outer space.

"I was invited by the Future Moves team at Charles Sturt to be part of the Sky Stories event," Mr Fuller said.

"I have just submitted by PhD in Aboriginal knowledge and astronomy so I was very excited to come and talk to people at Sky Stories.

"Through my research I worked with 25 different Indigenous nations learning what I could about their stories and how they used astronomy.

"So much knowledge about Aboriginal culture has been lost and I am looking at uncovering and putting together some of the lost Songlines."

Mr Fuller said Songlines are a vital and rich part of Aboriginal culture which should be known and celebrated.

"Songlines by definition are a series of songs along a route of travel and plays a significant part in Storytelling as the songs celebrate the process of creation," he said.

"Songlines are more prevalent in Central Australia where Aboriginal culture is stronger but certainly still exist on the coast.

"We believe Australia is crisscrossed with Songlines which joins the country together - almost like a oral map."

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