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Wadandi Heritage, Archaeology, Surf and Landcare Camp

December 10, 2019



A collaboration to facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and outdoor skills - and contribute to stronger community health and well-being through culture-specific programs.


Undalup Association, Wadandi Cultural Leaders, Applied Archaeology International, and (living legend) Josh Palmateer’s Surf Academy are pleased to announce an camp and internship opportunity based in Wadandi Boodja (Margaret River), southwestern Australia.   The 2020 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.  You will also get hands-on lessons in surfing and kayaking with experts in water knowledge and safety, appreciating the full magic of this cultural landscape. 


 Component 1: Cultural Awareness and Understanding


Focused on significant heritage sites within the Cape to Cape region of southwestern Australia, this component involves a hands-on cultural workshop and orientation On Country with Wadandi Elders and Cultural Coordinators and the Undalup Association. The purpose is to facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and skills as a group and contribute to stronger community health and well-being through culture-specific programs. This will involve:


•hands-on activities related to cultural protocols and connections

•understanding aspects of Wadandi heritage and culture

•cultural plant survey

•the Wadandi seasons

•traditional subsistence and tool-making workshops

•promote traditional ways of maintaining cultural knowledge.

 Component 2: Heritage Management


Component 2 involves a heritage survey of specific cultural places within the Cape to Cape region.  Our fieldwork will include expeditions to different parts of Wadandi Boodja, and partake in on-ground heritage preservation projects.  The fieldwork will involve documenting traditional place names; learning the associated stories, mapping the surrounding land forms, and surveying the cultural values and places related to each location. 


The work will include practical training in Certificate II nationally-accredited units, including:

The team will participate in an archaeological survey and mapping session with the Wadandi community representatives, and their partners at Applied Archaeology International


These workshops will teach: 


•field survey methods

•how to use a compass and GPS

•identifying cultural artifacts and features

•mapping, and recording a heritage site 


The youth will also learn to identify threats and impacts to heritage sites and methods of protection and management.


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