Cultural and historical astronomy
Indigenous astronomical and geological knowledge and traditions
Deep-time oral tradition
Ancient monuments around the world - astronomy’s influence on their construction
Role of stars in the development of seasonal calendars
Duane is an astronomer who publishes extensively on Indigenous astronomical and geological knowledge and traditions, working closely with Aboriginal and Islander elders, students, and knowledge custodians across Australia.
His research seeks to understand how Indigenous people developed and encoded scientific information in their Knowledge Systems. This involves developing methodologies for reconstructing damaged or fragmented astronomical knowledge, working closely with Aboriginal and Islander communities to document astronomical traditions, exploring the antiquity of oral tradition, and understanding the connections between sky, land, and sea.
“Every time I give a public talk,” says Duane, “somebody comes up to me afterwards and says, ‘I had no idea these people had developed these complex knowledge systems around the stars.’
Duane is a brilliant communicator, has presented a TEDx talk and regularly gives interviews to broadcasters such as the BBC, ABC and SBS.