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Walking With Wadandi: Cultural Heritage Internship

April 18, 2019

November/December, 2019


Undalup Association, Wadandi Cultural Leaders, and Applied Archaeology International are pleased to announce an internship opportunity based in Wadandi Boodja (Margaret River), southwestern Australia.   The 2019 summer program will integrate with workshops and cultural camps with a variety of partners. At the same time, you will participate in archaeological and environmental studies on public and private land, heritage preservation projects, and be part of an international cultural exchange.


Our fieldwork will include expeditions to different parts of Wadandi Boodja, as part of an Australian Government grant awarded to Undalup.  The fieldwork will involve documenting traditional place names; learn the associated stories, map the surrounding land forms, and survey the cultural values and places related to each location. 


The heritage management field school is culturally-guided, project-focused, and action driven. As a participant, you will work directly with Elders, heritage specialists, lawyers and environmental scientists.


 What you will learn:


This program will equip you with the skills and knowledge related to college studies and experience working as a professional heritage and environmental officer.  The program is open to 18+ students, those interested in their own professional development, or anyone interested in collaborative heritage and science.


The program takes you step-by-step through a range of skills and experiences while participating in meaningful projects, focused on:


  • Learning, understanding and following cultural protocols

  • Language, identity and well-being

  • Anthropological surveys and cultural mapping

  • Archaeological surveys, mapping and field skills

  • Community and applied archaeology

  • Heritage laws and methods of survey and evaluation

  • Place name mapping

  • Cultural plant surveys and traditional gathering

  • Cultural science and ecology

  • Weed control and water testing

  • Heritage site preservation and environmental management

  • Rights of nature 

  • Integrating cultural knowledge, archaeology and natural resource management

You will also participate in on-ground heritage protection and management projects.


What you will do: 


This intensive field school will develop a cultural map for Eyak Lake under the direction of cultural leaders. The information will be collected via oral histories, interviews, field survey, archaeological investigations and archival research, as part of an integrated team effort. This work will involve targeted field surveys and site recording focused on Eyak traditional place names.  The program can be custom-designed to your specific studies or interests. 


There will also be practical workshops in heritage legislation, cultural protocols and methods of evaluation.  The work will involve archaeological survey, testing and mapping, and provide you with a collection of skills required of a field archaeologist, anthropologist and environmental scientist.  

From here, the team will workshop how cultural mapping is the basis for developing an integrated heritage management plan.  We will workshop current threats and methods for ongoing community-based protection and management at the site and landscape level.  We will also participate in workshops to learn about ways of cultural monitoring and management, and develop cross-cultural understandings.  


Who is eligible? 


The program is open to high school students, college students, and professionals.  The program is useful for those studying archaeology, linguistics, anthropology, environmental science, or environmental law - or for those that would like to learn about and experience aspects of these fields.  Applied Archaeology is available to assist in contacting your internship or field school sponsor to organize and plan for the program. We can also assist to arrange high credit for your participation.  


All accommodations and meals provided as part of the group program. 


More Information


For more information and registration information, please contact: 


David Guilfoyle – contact form or email: dg@appliedarchaeologyinternational.com


On behalf of the Undalup Association






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