Looking after bulurru: protecting the scientific and cultural values of an Aboriginal rock art complex in northern Queensland

Buhrich, Alice, and Brim, Willie S.R. (2020) Looking after bulurru: protecting the scientific and cultural values of an Aboriginal rock art complex in northern Queensland. Archaeology in Oceania, 55 (2). pp. 93-105.

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For the Bulwandji Traditional Owners of Cape York Peninsula, Bunda Bibanji (also known as "Bare Hill") is part of bulurru - the Storytime, or the time of creation (Bottoms 1999: 1). Bunda Bibanji is the place where the culture hero, Kunandooran, turned into rock after his death by fire; it forms part of a complex cultural landscape. Bunda Bibanji also contains the largest rock art complex in the Cairns hinterland and has significant research potential for both rock art studies and understanding the occupation history of the region. Until recently, management of the site complex has focused on visitor management and its tangible scientific values, rather than its social and intangible cultural values. However, a major shift in management in recent years has aimed to enhance the Aboriginal social values of the place, potentially placing its scientific values at risk. This paper explores the tensions between managing scientific and cultural values at the Bunda Bibanji complex from both archaeological and Traditional Owner perspectives.

Item ID: 61133
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-4453
Keywords: Rock art, cultural heritage, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 [QLD], heritage values, Art rupestre, Heritage culturel, Loi sur le patrimoine culturel aborigene 2003 (QLD), Valeurs patrimoniale, Bulurru
Copyright Information: © 2019 Oceania Publications
Funders: Australian Postgraduate Award, Wet Tropics Management Authority Student Research Grant
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2019 07:35
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 100%
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