Aboriginal cultural heritage includes places plus items that are of much importance to Aboriginal people as it is related to their history, beliefs, traditions, customs, observances and lore. Indigenous Australian cultural heritage provides evidence about the way the Aboriginal people lived their life and proves their existence even before the settlement of Europeans. This cultural heritage is dynamic and it might include elements that are tangible and intangible. It also includes things made out of stone, burial grounds or art sites. Tangible heritage is located within the landscape and needs to be considered within the wider framework of the society’s culture and context. Holistic consideration is necessary for an accurate assessment to be carried out.
What are the roles of advisors of cultural heritage sites?
Cultural heritage management advisors are in charge of these cultural heritage sites by letting the people know about various factors, such as:
- Details about the places and objects used by Aborigines.
- How such Aboriginal places or objects are protected?
- How can people identify those objects or places on their place?
- Learn about due diligence
- What are the needs to investigate, assess or report the cultural heritage of Aborigines?
- Learn more about the requirements required for archeological investigations which can be carried out without the AHIP
- Can these objects of Aborigines transferable to the communities of Aborigines.
Shortly stating, these cultural heritage sites connects with the people’s sense of belonging to the landscape and others. Heritage consultants make sure that such heritage cultural sites uphold the heritage of the ancient people by maintaining it in a strong manner as an integral part of everyday life. These spots of the ancient heritage of Aborigines are not limited to sites alone, it refers to memories of people, their ceremonies, ways they performed few activities, stories, language etc. The cultural heritage sites aim at educating the younger generation about the traditional culture, ancient practices and to pass it on the next generation.
What must you know about the aboriginal cultural heritage act?
The aboriginal cultural heritage act was passed in 2006 which came into existence on 28th May 2007 offers enough protection and management for the Aboriginal heritage of Victoria by linking these processes with the Victorian planning system. This Act can also be used to improve the provisions related to their heritage sites, offers powers to inspectors, offer orders to stop work, increase the charges or fees if there is a breach in the act. Other Australian states also have their own unique legislation surrounding Aboriginal cultural heritage and heritage advisors in these states offer cultural heritage training related to educating individuals and organisations of their responsibilities surround cultural heritage protection and conservation.