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Capturing Australian indigenous perception of virtual landscape

Gard, Stephan & Bucolo, Salvatore (2005) Capturing Australian indigenous perception of virtual landscape. In VSSM 2005 : proceedings of the eleventh International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia : Virtual reality at work in the 21st century : impact on society, 3 - 7 October 2005, Belgium, Ghent.

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Abstract

This short paper presents a means of capturing non spatial information (specifically understanding of places) for use in a Virtual Heritage application. This research is part of the Digital Songlines Project which is developing protocols, methodologies and a toolkit to facilitate the collection and sharing of Indigenous cultural heritage knowledge, using virtual reality. Within the context of this project most of the cultural activities relate to celebrating life and to the Australian Aboriginal people, land is the heart of life. Australian Indigenous art, stories, dances, songs and rituals celebrate country as its focus or basis. To the Aboriginal people the term “Country” means a lot more than a place or a nation, rather “Country” is a living entity with a past a present and a future; they talk about it in the same way as they talk about their mother. The landscape is seen to have a spiritual connection in a view seldom understood by non-indigenous persons; this paper introduces an attempt to understand such empathy and relationship and to reproduce it in a virtual environment.

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ID Code: 25917
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: vitual environments, cultural meaning, Australian Indigenous perception, Digital Songlines, virtual heritage
ISBN: 9638046635
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2009 10:07
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2012 08:58

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