[talk-au] Aboriginal sacred sites

mick bareman at tpg.com.au
Tue Aug 28 01:00:37 BST 2012


On Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:38:25 +1000
nicholas.g.lawrence at tmr.qld.gov.au wrote:

> 
> >
> > > It is an interesting issue.  Military bases and nuclear facilities are
> > > often fully mapped in OSM, but often the location of many Aboriginal
> > > carvings and sensitive areas etc, are not.
> > >
> > It is my understanding that for some tribes even the location of
> > sacred sites is only available to initiated members of the tribe and
> > only recognisable to those initiates. This makes them rather
> > difficult to map whereas military and nuclear sites are usually
> > recognisable on remote sensing images.
> 
> I was told that there is a real danger of aboriginal sacred sites
> being vandalised. Keeping their location a secret is an attempt
> to avoid them being destroyed.
> 
> Nick

Vandalism & desecration are more recent and increasingly relevant factors, every thing from yobs gouging their names across rock art to government contractors with bulldozers and high explosives blasting sites out of existence.
 
mick



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