This updated and revised edition covers the story of Australia’s first Indigenous community-led nomination bid for World Heritage listing of their cultural landscape. In 2019, the Gunditjmara were recognised through World Heritage listing for their demonstrated technological ingenuity in engineering water flows and managing food resources across the Budj Bim lava flows in south-west Victoria over many millenia.
In the face of a varying climate as the last Ice Age ended, the Gunditjmara sustainably adapted their fish trap systems through to the present day, also demonstrating to the satisfaction of the World Heritage Committee, a continuity of culture into the deep past.
The Author, Writer Gib Wettenhall, was recommended by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, then selected to collaborate with the Gunditjmara in writing this book about their landscape and its history as they saw it. He has written a number of Indigenous histories and biographies on a collaborative basis.