SSN ‘Mammung’ Screening 24 July (Waurn Ponds) and 25 July (Burwood)


The Science and Society Network warmly invites you to the film screening of “Mammung” (the Noongar name for whale).

The film explores the Noongar peoples’ living memory of rapid sea-level rises, adaptation to climate change, and their ancestor’s interactions with whales.

Waurn Ponds: 24 July 12:30 -14:00   KE 1.207

The Waurn Ponds screening will begin at 12:30 and will be followed by a brief discussion with Indigenous Knowledges streamleader Tiffany ShellamL-J Singh, Associate Head of School and Indigenous Engagement in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, and Jo Cruickshank, a Deakin Historian working with First Nations communities and histories.

Please register here. 

Burwood: 25th July, 11.30am-13:00  LC1.003 ‘The Banks’. 

The screening will be held in Burwood’s Law Building, room LC1.003 ‘The Banks’ on Thursday 25th July, 11.30am-1pm, and will include a brief discussion between SSN Indigenous Knowledges stream leader Tiffany ShellamTui Raven, the Senior Manager of Indigenous Programmes at Deakin Libraries, and Billy Griffiths, Deakin Historian and author of Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia. (A Waurn Ponds screening TBC and will be advertised shortly).

Please register here

As this film explores interdisciplinary knowledges we welcome staff and students from the Faculties of Arts and Education, Business and Law and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences to attend. Catering will be provided. Please advertise this event widely as it would be wonderful to have a theatre full of students and staff from across the university at this event!

Registration is free, but essential.

We would like to thank the generous support for this event from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Business and Law, the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Centre for Contemporary Histories.

About the film

MAMMUNG is the Noongar name for the whale.

Around 10,000 years ago Western Australia experienced rapid sea-level rise. At that time, the indigenous Noongar people adapted to the loss of almost 30% of their land as the population moved inland ahead of a ‘slow moving tsunami’. MAMMUNG the film explores the living memory that Noongar people hold of this event. The film follows Dr Noel Nannup in recalling the significance of places which are now below the sea and explaining the process of change that indigenous people endured through the narrative dreaming story of MAMMUNG the whale.

Indigenous cultures in Australia are one of the very few who have a living memory of a period of climatic change that rivals what we are seeing today. MAMMUNG the film challenges us all to ask: can we learn to understand and value this rich body of knowledge as we too adapt to a changing climate? And what awaits us if we don’t?