Join the Mandingalbay Yidinji people, an Aboriginal clan group from the rainforests of Far North Queensland, Australia, on a journey through their traditional land and seascapes using Participatory 3 Dimensional Modelling (P3DM). With their traditional area straddling both the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas, the Mandingalbay Yidinji people are working hard to ensure that their stories, knowledge systems, history and traditions are in safekeeping, so that at the appropriate time and following strict cultural protocols, that knowledge is passed down to the next generation. In 2014 in partnership with the Wet Tropics Management Authority, funded by the IUCN and supported by CTA, Mandingalbay Yidinji people undertook a P3DM exercise to map their natural and cultural heritage. Community members developed a great pride in the work, especially as it involved Elders and youth, male and female, and this pride and ownership ensured that sacred knowledge was carefully transferred to the model and shared amongst the community.
Today, the completed models are used as an educational resource. Mandingalbay Yidinji rangers take the models to schools demonstrating the work they do managing the land and sea, promoting the depth of knowledge that Aboriginal Australians have about the land and sea and highlighting the vibrancy of their culture. Into the future Mandingalbay Yidinji people will continue to promote their culture and aspirations for an economically self-sufficient future through the P3DM.
The project which led to the production of this video was supported by Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA), IUCN and CTA.