Applied Archaeology International is working in partnership with the Wadandi-Pibelmun community of southwestern Australia on a number of heritage preservation projects. The program, via a partnership with the Undalup Association, is focused on the conservation and management of central cultural places and linking projects to larger landscape-scale management and protection plans. This collaboration is also centred on collating cultural data sets and maps to develop tools and a mapping platform that will assist with strategic conservation efforts and supporting cultural ranger teams under the Undalup Association.
Cultural leadership in planning, management and research is yet to be fully recognized in greater Western Australia, however the benefits of local collaboration is powerfully effective. The team have embarked on a cultural mapping project along cultural waterways and coastal cliffs, for the development of a cultural plan. Respectful planning with cultural custodians and an integrated team, leads to collaborative, strategic undertakings, and broadens our understanding of this shared cultural landscape.
Several projects are underway, including a rock art protection program that utilizes 3D technology, a regional repatriation project, and a program to protect a sacred cave from natural and human-caused disturbances (see the following links).
Protecting Kybra: A Community Heritage Preservation Project
A glimpse into the work of Wadandi-Pibelmun community and their partners, in an effort to record, conserve, and manage a sacred place under threat from land use activities and associated degradation:
Waljin Mia (Rainbow Cave) Protection Project
Waljin Mia (Rainbow cave) is a sacred cultural place for the Wadandi People of South Western Australia. The cave is part of a complex cultural landscape. The Wadandi Elders look after their cultural places as part of their custodial obligations, which include the variety of plants and animals that inhabit these coastal limestone cliffs.
Wadandi, Coming Home: A Repatriation Project
The video is a glimpse into a repatriation program led by Wadandi Cultural Custodians, examining the traditional customs and ways of bringing their people home to Boodja.
The team are currently working on a project to document Wadandi Bloodlines and develop a cultural plan for Wooditj Bilya (Margaret River):