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Ngaut Ngaut: An Interpretive Guide

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The Ngaut Ngaut rock shelter was the first “scientifically” excavated site in Australia in 1929, but it has much deeper meanings for local Indigenous people. In conjunction with the other River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal people, the Mannum Aboriginal Community Association Inc. (MACAI) shares stewardship responsibilities with the State of South Australia for this iconic place, known as Devon Downs in the archaeological literature. Existing online information concerning Ngaut Ngaut is viewed by MACAI as incomplete or inaccurate at best, and overtly wrong and offensive at worst. These concerns are addressed in an IPinCH Community-Based Initiative developed by Isobelle Campbell (MACAI) and Amy Roberts (Flinders University). This online interpretive guide was developed in a collaborative, structured, and culturally-sustainable manner and reflects both the tangible and intangible value of the Ngaut Ngaut site to local people.
An output from IPinCH's Community-Based Initiative, The Ngaut Ngaut Interpretive Project: Providing Culturally Sustainable Online Interpretive Content to the Public.
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