The Federal Smart Farms initiative is supporting Central Victoria’s Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation in partnership with La Trobe University in an innovative modernisation of indigenous grain crops. Dja Dja Wurrung CEO, Rodney Carter will provide an overview of this important project and its aims to develop indigenous crops to both enable self-determination of Dja Dja Wurrung people, plus make steps to provide an opportunity for all farmers to take up a unique perennial crop, for which there are no equivalents in today’s mainstream agricultural scene. “We want to positively assist farmers with commercially viable cropping options and at the same time heal country”. Rodney will discuss this research in the context of Aboriginal re-engagement with past food production systems, a debate that has been stimulated by the popular history Dark Emu.

About the presenters

Rodney Carter
Victoria’s Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation

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About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.