Tag Archives: orality

The theft of a Zimbabwean heritage

“… the feeling of realising that just because your culture had no written text does not mean they did not pass down large amounts of knowledge is revolutionary.” The above was in an email from Fadzai which brought tears to my eyes. … Continue reading

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Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality

My new essay is now available free from open access academic publisher, Rounded Globe. Download here: Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality The description from the Rounded Globe website: “Non-literate cultures depend on their memories to store all the information … Continue reading

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Announcing The Orality Centre

I am absolutely delighted to announce the formation of the Orality Centre which will be based in Etty Street, Castlemaine, on the site which was previously the senior campus for Castlemaine Secondary College (CSC) before the whole school was combined in their new … Continue reading

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Writing – the complication of definitions

What is writing? Specifically, when does what I call a mnemonic object really constitute a written device? It all depends on definitions. Let’s start with the most controversial question it the area – is the Inca khipu a written or … Continue reading

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Singing the land, signing the land

Singing the land, signing the land is written by Helen Watson with The Yolngu community at Yirrkala, and David Wade Chambers. Because the Yolngu community were so heavily involved, the content is an accurate reflection of the way they want their knowledge … Continue reading

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The launch is happening – June 30

The launch is now available for booking. The end of the long haul is really happening. I will be giving a talk first on the memory methods and how to apply them in your own life. So excited!

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Speaking engagements – Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies

I have been asked where people can hear me talk about indigenous memory systems and my theories about prehistoric monuments including Stonehenge. Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies has only just been published by Cambridge University Press in the US … Continue reading

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Orality – why it is so important for prehistoric archaeologists

Primary orality is what you have when you don’t have literacy. It is often commented that prehistoric cultures didn’t leave a written record. What is almost never mentioned is that cultures which had no contact with writing did have an alternative. They had … Continue reading

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Primary orality – what is it?

‘Primary orality’ is all about the way societies communicate and store information when they have no contact whatsoever with writing. If they don’t have literacy, they do have orality. Orality is an information technology, a tool which increases the ability of humans to store … Continue reading

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