What is cultural science?
Cultural science partners Aboriginal knowledge and practices with the rigour and measurement of science to create meaningful outcomes for people and places. It involves sharing ideas, knowledge, methods and experiences for the benefit of communities and the environment.
There are many Aboriginal communities in New South Wales, all with their own unique language and culture. Aboriginal communities have a deep sense of belonging to place and responsibilities to care for Country.
Cultural science helps to:
- facilitate Aboriginal people’s cultural expression of landscape management
- enable cultural and scientific methods to work side-by-side
- support Aboriginal people connect with Country, and help others understand that connection
- share information that helps conserve cultural values in the landscape
- map cultural values in the landscape
- develop ways to describe the benefits of culture in landscape management.
Cultural science research projects help us better understand how culture and science can work together. Here are some examples.