Welcome to “Ilgarijiri – things belonging to the sky”

Ilgarijiri means “things belonging to the sky” in the Wajarri Yamatji language. The Wajarri Yamatji indigenous people of the Murchison region of Western Australia are Native Title claimants over the region including the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory (MRO), a site being developed as the potential location for the next generation of large radio telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), as well as SKA precursor telescopes such as the CSIRO Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA).

This blog has nothing to do with the Wajarri Yamatji Native Title claim process.

This blog is focussed on a collaborative project between indigenous artists associated with the Wajarri Yamatji region, via the Y-ART cooperative in Geraldton, and radio astronomers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth, Western Australia. The project brings together indigenous artists and scientists to exchange an celebrate different perspectives about the night sky and to explore those perspectives in art.

This activity will run during 2009, the International Year of Astronomy. Future entries in this blog will describe the various stages of the project, contributed by the people involved in the project.

Many thanks to the people and groups supporting this collaboration: Wajarri Yamatji Native Title Claim Group (for allowing access to country), CSIRO (for allowing access to the MRO), Y-ART in Geraldton (for local organisation), ICRAR (for funding the activity), the artists, and Mark and Carolyn Halleen (Boolardy Station managers, for their hospitality).

Prof. Steven Tingay, Deputy Director (ICRAR)

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