Science: Where rivers meet

Using the example of a particular Australian plant, we explore how Indigenous and contemporary science approach knowledge.

Knowledge in Indigenous society is often oral, passed on through generations and has many cultural associations with it. For example, a person might have to be at a certain stage of maturity to acquire the information.

Western knowledge comes mainly through written sources, following established protocols. Western science is often about proving old theories wrong rather than continuing tried practices.

Explore this representation of how Indigenous people and scientists approach the same plant. How was Indigenous knowledge critical to unlocking its medicinal properties?

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