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Sky fireballs and a shark in the stars: Indigenous art and astronomy – Pursuit

Meriam elder Uncle Segar Passi shares his knowledge of weather, wildlife, sea, land and sky and how they influence his artwork with University of Melbourne

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Associate Professor Duane Hamacher
At his community-built workshop on Mer island (Murray Island) in the eastern Torres Strait, Uncle Segar Passi, explains how he watches the position of the setting Sun from his front patio each night, noting its location and relating that to the time of year and changes in seasonal cycles.
He points out some of his artworks on the wall. They are visually stunning, a rich tapestry of colours jumping off the frame with a palate that easily rivals van Gough. This is…

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