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A sense of the sacred to give on to, share respect, and to do with Time.

Indigenous Knowledge Systems

The recognition of Indigenous Spirituality; Aboriginal Science; Philosophy; Cosmology; Kinship; Country; Culture; and The Dreaming, known as Lore (otherwise akin to ‘law’). Essentially, Indigenous Knowledge Systems is a term to make sense of all the components that a Western knowledge paradigm historically segregates.


Refers to the customs and protocols which governs Aboriginal society and peoples, learned from the Dreamtime. Aboriginal Lore encompasses all aspects of cultural expression as it is passed on through the generations through song, story and dance, informing all aspects of Indigenous life.

Two-Way Learning

Two-way learning readjusts the dynamic of 'teacher' 'student' relationship by respecting the knowledge, and learning processes and perspectives of another people. Facilitators recognise that they are learning about and from another culture and knowledge system, at the same time as sharing their own knowledge. Two-way learning works collaboratively to find the basis from which new knowledge can be developed in a way that is relevant to the learners concerned, and is relevant and valued by both groups.


Indigenous Peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Article 3 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


A system for understanding the complex web of interrelatedness and interdependencies of all things within an Indigenous world view.

Free-Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC)

An internationally recognised tool to ensure Indigenous Peoples are the decision-makers regarding any projects (public or private) that impact their land, livelihood, environment and community. At Old Ways, New, we value the application of FPIC as a protection of Indigenous digital rights and Indigenous intellectual property within research and design.


Songlines act as an oral map. Songlines impart (epistemological) knowledge while concurrently providing meaning and an ethical framework to all life and beings. The same song would be sung throughout one’s life; the knowledge embedded through the Songline and the act of ‘singing up country’ unlock the next ‘door’ in one’s consciousness. This could be conceived as a next-level
intelligence. Australia is mapped by thousands of Songlines, intersecting and crossing at intervals, a network of routes for trade, initiation, seasonal hunting, birthing and death.

Angie Abdilla, 2016