Nawi Conference


Nawi Conference opening night ceremony, 2012. Photographer: Andrew Frolows, ANMM.

A national conference on the subject of Indigenous watercraft.

  • 15–18 November 2016

    In 2012 the Australian National Maritime Museum hosted the Nawi conference exploring Australian traditional Indigenous watercraft and their widespread variation in type, materials and construction technologies across Australia.

    The 2016 Nawi conference hopes to build on this research and community connections to create a stronger national picture of this significant area of Australia’s maritime history.

    It will bring together communities, researchers and museums with a common interest in Indigenous craft and river and seagoing voyages and stories.

    Sessions will be held on a range on subjects including stories and traditions, diversity and design, imagery, trade and navigation and materials and techniques.

    The program will run over three days with delivery of conference papers, performances, demonstrations and tours and an opening event on the evening of the 22nd of November.

    It will explore the diversity of Australia’s Indigenous watercraft, how they were built and used, and how they are preserved, interpreted and understood today.

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