The Deadly Science Project and ‘Dark Emu’

For this continent’s First Nations’ living cultures, science is an integral part of the whole, that integrated knowledge with its spiritual component, has made possible the continuous occupation of this continent for more than 60,000 years. The artificial separation of a living culture, in the approach of the 2015 reviewers of the Australian national curriculum content, as just part of the humanities, arts, and social sciences is challenged by Bruce Pascoe in Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? published by Magabala Books, Broome, 2014. And he challenges it through the written observations and reports of the colonial invaders. What he challenges as well are the assumptions behind that separation of HASS from science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Corey Tutt, the founder of The Deadly Science Project wants everyone to read this book. He said so on Australia’s publicly-owned inclusive ABC’s Radio National ‘Breakfast’ program Wednesday, July 10th 2019. We have allowed oversimplifications and untested assumptions to undermine the history of Australia’s First Nations. We are waking up, thanks to this acclaimed Indigenous author, Bruce Pascoe.

“Deadly”, when used by First Nations people means brilliant, outstanding, remarkable, worthy of acknowledgement. That is why there are the “Deadly” Awards. So, The Deadly Science Project has been established by Corey Tutt for Aboriginal and Torres Islander young people fascinated by science. “ Corey Tutt is ‘a young Kamilaroi man [who] has turned his passion for science and animals into a project to empower Indigenous kids.’

The Deadly Science project: Empowering Indigenous kids with … – ABC…deadly-science…/1129491…

Because curriculum reviewers here are so slow to catch up, as other countries move to STEAM recognising the intersections and interconnections of everything, in Australia we still have this STEM divide. That is where the money is. That is what these young people are being encouraged to engage with, bringing with them that learning, the ancient Aboriginal science that has connected with the whole of existence. They need this connection for their future occupations.  But, why Dark Emu? And why does Corey Tutt want us all to read it. Bruce Pascoe writes: “The fate of the emu, people and grain are locked in step because, for the Aboriginal people, the economy and the spirit are inseparable.” Now there is Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu, Magabala Books. A Truer History of pre-Colonial life.

And there is the work of Billy Griffiths in Deep Time Dreaming, Bill Gammage’s book The Biggest Estate on Earth and Marcia Langton’s Welcome to Country. And here is Corey Tutt, expanding avenues for Indigenous kids interested in science.

Deadly Science helps kids stick with science by distributing books and equipment to … Fran Kelly, Radio National Breakfast. Listen to the whole program with the words of Corey Tutt.

The Deadly Science project: Empowering Indigenous kids with … – ABC

4 thoughts on “The Deadly Science Project and ‘Dark Emu’

  1. The research of one of the 2019 winners of an AFGW Fellowship understands the need to consider questions of moral philosophy raised by the use of cyber technology to influence human behaviour (see If only everyone did.

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  2. Thanks for this blog’s continuing advocacy for enlarging STEM to STEAM. In this complex world there are so many more ways to be wrong than to be right — and progress is slow. But we must work to EMPOWER EVERYBODY!

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    1. Yes, indeed – thank you Erica. And thanks especially, in NAIDOC week, for circulating the story on Deadly Science and the “STEAM-power” of Dark Emu. It’s a great way of showing that science is integral to human culture as a whole, spiritual, intellectual, and practical – it’s not some separate alien enterprise.

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