Lake Eyre Activation Project

Countering Cultural, Environmental And Linguistic Attrition.


The Basin The Projects

The Basin

The Lake Eyre drainage basin, that stretches over one million square kilometres, acts as not only a watershed of geographical drainage, but also serves as a manifestation of the interconnectivity of the the Aboriginal people, languages and cultures of the region.

Rather than looking at individual areas, languages, countries and people, the Lake Eyre Activation Project aims to take an aerial perspective of the whole basin - setting an ambitious goal of researching and delivering tangible, scalable and interdisciplinary outcomes that help to activate and support Aboriginal communities of the region.

In the past, projects like this have focused on one peoples, one language, one family or one identity, this project demands more. It demands our willingness to find and support the connections that exist between the peoples, cultures and languages of the region - a connection that flourished for tens of thousands of years in the past, but has been burdened by the heavy weight of colonisation.

Environmental conservation, archival research, linguistic analysis, community enterprise investment and education development are our key pillars of investigation during this project. Investment in this project will see outcomes and activations across all these fields within the Lake Eyre Basin.

Oodnadatta Culture Trail

Lower Arrernte & Yankunytjatjara

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Finke Emergency Language Recording

Yankunytjatjara & Pertame

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Adnyamathanha Curriculum Development

Leigh Creek

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Finniss Springs Language Camps

Arabana

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