Dr Diana James
Areas of expertise
- Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies 200201
- Comparative And Cross Cultural Education 130302
- Tourism 1506
- Impacts Of Tourism 150601
- Performing Arts And Creative Writing 1904
- Visual Arts And Crafts 1905
Indigenous cultural and ecological knowledge.
Performance and visual arts.
Western Desert language, oral song cycles, storytelling and music.
Cross-cultural translation of philosophy, metaphors and meaning.
Alive with the Dreaming! Songlines of the Western Desert ARC Linkage Project.
The aim of the Songlines research project is to explore the interrelated strands of Indigenous knowledge within and transmitted through ‘open’ (non-restricted) teachings of Tjukurpa law and culture of the Western Desert. Tjukurpa has been orally transmitted over thousands of years through the mnemonic device of long song sagas that in chapter and verse recount the acts of the Creation Ancestors forming the land, law, language and kinship relationships that connect Indigenous peoples over vast stretches of the deserts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia. The Ngaanyatjarra Lands comprising a vast area of Western Australia (250,000 km2) adjoining the Northern Territory and the South Australian lands of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people (100,000 km2) are the key research region for the Wati Ngintaka and Seven Sister’s Tjukurpa Songlines.
Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.
- Alive with the Dreaming! Songlines of the Western Desert (Secondary Investigator)