The First Knowledges series offers an introduction to Indigenous knowledges in vital areas and their application to the present day and the future. Exploring practices such as architecture and design, land management, medicine, astronomy and law, this six-book series brings together two very different ways of understanding the natural world: one ancient, the other modern. The first book focuses on Songlines.
Margo Neale is the head of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges,
senior Indigenous curator, and principal adviser to the director of
the National Museum of Australia (NMA). She is also an adjunct
professor at the Australian National University and has authored or
edited eleven books, including the Oxford Companion to Aboriginal
Art and Culture. She has curated groundbreaking, award-winning
national and international exhibitions, including Songlines:
Tracking the Seven Sisters; Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame
Kngwarreye; and Urban Dingo: The Art and Life of Lin Onus.
Lynne Kelly is a science writer working as an honorary research associate at La Trobe University. Her field of research is the memory methods used by those who depended on their memories for everything they knew: oral cultures including Australian Aboriginal, Native American, Pacific and African cultures. She is also a mnemonist, committing vast amounts of information to memory using the memory technologies of Indigenous peoples. She is the author of The Memory Code and Memory Craft.