Dr Duane Hamacher

Duane Hamacher

Dr Duane Hamacher

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Biography

Indigenous Australians have detailed and complex traditions about the sun, moon, and stars that reveal a deep intellectual knowledge that stretches back more than 50,000 years. Navigating the boundaries between Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science, can show how these ways of understanding the natural world are beneficial to both. A trained astrophysicist, Dr Duane Hamacher is a lecturer in the Nura Gili Indigenous Centre at the University of New South Wales. After studying planets orbiting other stars for two years, his interest in the crossroads of science and culture was too great and he decided to complete a PhD in Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University studying Aboriginal astronomy.