Aboriginal Journey Ways

Aboriginal Journey Ways Book Cover.jpgThe Aboriginal Journey Ways Project was a collaborative initiative between Main Roads and Kurongkurl Katitjin (Centre for Australian Indigenous Education and Research at Edith Cowan University) that aimed to research and articulate traditional cultural meanings of selected Aboriginal journey ways that aligned with modern day main roads and bridges across Western Australia.

Led by Dr Francesca Robertson and Dr Noel Nannup OAM, this work culminated in the book Aboriginal Journey Ways – How Ancient Trails Shaped Our Roads. Officially launched at Government House on 22 June 2022, the book presents the voices of many Elders and other traditional knowledge holders and also tells the story of Aboriginal occupation of the state.

A children’s version of the book was then created to share the story of ancient journey ways and First Peoples with primary school age children. Launched on 2 August 2023, the book will be distributed to all public libraries and primary schools. If you are interested in obtaining a copyof either book, please contact 138 138.

 Check out the video below for more insights on the launch.

Waarkarl Woonya Bidi

(Albany Highway)

One of the journey ways from the book, Waarkarl Woonya Bidi, is featured below

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Acknowledgement of country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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