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Dr Lynne KeIly - Indigenous Memory Techniques in Modern Times

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Rydges Esplanade

209-217 Abbott St

Cairns, QLD 4870


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Indigenous memory Techniques in Modern Times:

Dr Lynne Kelly, author of The Memory Code and founder of the Orality Centre, will present 3 talks on how non-literate societies have succeeded in remembering vast amounts of information.

The talks will present information on:

  • How ancient monuments such as Stonehenge, Chaco Canyon, Easter Island moai heads were memory 'universities'

  • Why/how did the Navajo memorise over 700 insects with no written language when only 8 insects (food, annoyance) were of interest?

  • How Aboriginal songlines encoded a massive amount of information into the landscape

  • Portable memory devices from around the world (e.g. Lynne Kelly has over 400 birds of Victoria encoded/memorised on a hand held device, divided into family groups)

  • Indigenous people's connection to land - an ecosystem of knowledge and wisdom

  • How we can use this "memory technology" in our lives, schools and studies today.

Thursday Afternoon Session - 29th June: 3pm - 5pm

Friday Afternoon Session - 30th June: 3pm - 4.30pm

Friday Night Session - 30th June: 7pm - 8.30pm

Interested and want to know more?

Below are some excellent resources to get you started:

  1. Lynne Kelly Website: 33 Memory Experiments
  2. Excellent Article: Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality
  3. Orality Centre: Ancient memory systems in the modern classroom
  4. ABC interview with Richard Fidler
  5. The book: The Memory Code

Please Note: If you are facing financial difficulty and would love to attend, please call Small World Journeys on (07) 4054 6693.


What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Rydges Esplanade is very close to the Cairns Base Hospital. There is parking:

  1. At Rydges carpark, accessable by a driveway off Lake Street. Drive up the ramp. Not suitable for large or tall vehicles
  2. In the surrounding streets, either Lake Street or Abbott St.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call Small World Journeys on 07 4054 6693 or email info@smallworldjourneys.com.au

What's the refund policy?

Refund is through this website, and is available until 7pm, Monday 26th June.

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Preferable, not not necessary.

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Rydges Esplanade

209-217 Abbott St

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