Budj Bim. Caring for the spirit and the people

Bell, Damein and Johnston, Chris (2008) Budj Bim. Caring for the spirit and the people. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape represents the extraordinary triumph of the Gunditjmara people in having this place recognised as a place of the spirit, a place of human technology and ingenuity and as a place of resistance. The Gunditjmara are the Indigenous people of this part of southwestern Victoria, Australia. In this landscape, more than 30 000 years ago the Gunditjmara witnessed an important creation being, reveal himself in the landscape. Budj Bim (known today as Mount Eccles) is the source of an immense lava flow which transformed the landscape. The Gunditjmara people developed this landscape by digging channels, creating ponds and wetlands and shaping an extensive aquaculture system, providing an economic basis for the development of a settled society. This paper will present the complex management planning that has gone into restoring the lake and re-establishing Gunditjmara management, reversing the tide of Australian history, and enabling the spirit of this sacred place to again be cared for.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Bell, DameinUNSPECIFIED
Johnston, ChrisUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: aboriginal people; aboriginal culture; intangible heritage; sacred place; management
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 06. Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, Australia
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2010 09:50
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:11
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