News

Butchulla focus of USQ course

Sahrah Vanderburgh, Courtney Mrowcynski, Erich Montfort and Brittany Hughes meet Joe Gala at the beginning of the University of Southern Queensland’s new Butchulla-focused course.
Sahrah Vanderburgh, Courtney Mrowcynski, Erich Montfort and Brittany Hughes meet Joe Gala at the beginning of the University of Southern Queensland’s new Butchulla-focused course.

A GROUP of students from New York State has travelled to Hervey Bay to study a new indigenous course at the University of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast.

Members of the local indigenous community, Joe Gala and Joyce Bonner, gave the students a welcome to Butchulla country with traditional song and dance.

The On Country Learning: Indigenous Knowledge through Butchulla Culture course was launched on Monday.

Head of the USQ school of humanities and communications Bryce Barker said the intensive four-week course was unique and unlike most other indigenous courses in Australia.

“It is unique in that it centres on a specific Aboriginal cultural group, the Butchulla, using their knowledge and country as learning tools to understand Aboriginal Australia from a specific local cultural perspective,” he said.

This week Professor Barker and USQ Fraser Coast’s executive officer indigenous development Christine Young will be teaching the students about Australian Aboriginal history and life before and after colonisation.

The focus is on historical and social contexts of contemporary indigenous Australians and the impact of colonialism on indigenous societies globally, he says.

Following the week-long introduction to Aboriginal culture the students will be taught by Butchulla people.

The course includes lectures and workshops in the classroom and field trips to cultural sites such as Fraser Island, Scrub Hill, Mount Bauple and the Booral fish traps.

The students, all from Suny College at Brockport, will receive accreditation for the course toward their degrees in the United States.

Erich Montfort, 21, said he had chosen the course because he was studying an art major and was interested in indigenous art.

“I’d like to get a better understanding of Aboriginal art,” he said.

Twenty-one-year-old Brittany Hughes and Courtney Mrowcynski, 20, selected the course because it seemed interesting and was something different to anything else they had studied.

Sahrah Vanderburgh, 22, is doing a business major but has always been interested in anthropology and cultural studies.

“I figured this was a great opportunity,” she said.



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

BAUPLE: Residents say 'bring back the business climate'

Marc Bromet with daughter Yolande, outside the Bauple Macadamia House.

Marc and Yolande Bromet discuss how to put Bauple back on the map.

Rain could halt Australs' run to A-grade cricket final

Cricket Maryborough - Past Grammers versus Brothers Shamrocks - Shamrock's Wayne Smith.

Australs need to win big to make the decider.

Local Partners

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Star Wars spin off gets green light grom Lucas

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen star in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Lucas said to have enjoyed the latest Star Wars spin-off

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

The tech-version of the old pop-up book is here

IS THE old cardboard pop-up book a thing of the past?

Obama's private struggle laid bare in film

Australian actor Devon Terrell portrays a young Barack Obama in the Netflix original movie Barry. Supplied by Netflix.

Filmakers focus in on Obama's legacy

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!