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Outback Arts and 2 Rivers Secure Funding for Brewarrina Fish Traps Project

Outback Arts and 2 Rivers have secured funding for an augmented reality cultural project which celebrates Baiame’s Ngunnhu, the Brewarrina Fish Traps and one of the oldest man-made structures on earth.

Called ‘Baiame’s Ngunnhu through Augmented Reality’, the project will use AR to modernise the Aboriginal traditions of passing knowledge via song lines and storytelling. It will record the stories, traditions and history as told by the Ngemba, Wonkamurra, Wailwan and Gomaroi people, the traditional knowledge holders who have shared and maintained the traps for thousands of years.

Baiame’s Ngunnhu is estimated to be more than 40,000 years old and was once a great gathering site for Aboriginal people. Built by ancient tribes on the Barwon River, it is an intricately designed network of rock weirs and pens that were designed to herd and catch large numbers of fish.

The ‘Baiame’s Ngunnhu through Augmented Reality’ team will comprise of Lorrayne Riggs (2 Rivers Creative Consultant/Project Manager) and filmmaker Tim Leha, who will work with Donna Jeffries and local Elders to gather the stories to be used in the project. Donna and the Elders are important cultural knowledge keepers and are uniquely situated to reflect on the history, importance and stories of the area.

Once collected, the stories will be converted into an interactive AR experience where the historical, cultural and spiritual importance of Baiame’s Ngunnhu will be explained by local Elders. Visitors will be able to access the stories via QR codes placed around the area.

For more information, visit the Outback Arts website.