One of the world’s oldest living cultures meets the world’s latest new technologies as Aboriginal Australians begin participating in Metaverse.
“The pioneers must be there. Indigenous people in Australia have a dream culture. So we have to do it. “Professor Vanessa Lee-a-Matt, a cultural facilitator dedicated to well-being through traditional Australian Aboriginal culture, told the Cointelegraph. Lee Ah Matt, co-founder, artist, lawyer Pepe Barba, and cultural communicators Jonny Perovich and Angelina Gomez published a public discussion paper this week entitled “Indigenous Culture in Metaverse”.
The group is seeking support for the establishment of a pilot project to achieve the goals set in the discussion paper and to establish an indigenous cultural embassy in Metaverse.
Li-A Mat from Yupungati, Meriam, Bibi Barba from Darumbal, Biri Gubi, Gadigal and the Yuin people are in the process of establishing an independent organization with indigenous peoples’ ownership and leadership to negotiate with relevant stakeholders and to establish and manage the work of this pilot project.
In November 2021, Barbados opened its embassy in Metaverse. In February, another Aboriginal group in Australia, Queensland’s sovereign Yeidinji government – launched for the first time in the country – its own digital currency as a way to further strengthen its self-sovereignty since 2014 and chart its political planning priorities. .
“The Australian aborigine’s cultural embassy is MVP,” Ah Matt told me. But how do local cultures experience Metaverset?
Aboriginal culture and the meta-verse
At first, the connection seems bad: an ancient traditional culture closely linked to the natural world and the earth, and dreams linked to a new virtual world built on computers with pixelated images, avatars and fantasy sites. But the communication is clear and logical.
“The virtual world affects the physical world. Metaverse mirrors the earth, and uses the earth as a mirror in the game world. The virtual world follows the functions of the physical world, ”explained Lee Ah Math. These worlds are interconnected.
Aboriginal culture is based on dreams, as Lee-A Math explained:
“The dream is an inadequate English translation. The dream is a past, present and future that is not fixed and non-linear, built into the very foundation of the earth. Part of the system of kinship and knowledge is of fundamental importance to identity.”
Cave paintings by Carnarvon Gorge that can depict “memories, signs, memories of totem ancestors or recordings of dream stories”.
She also claimed that Metaverse is a future inextricably linked to the present, stating that “the process of creation gives people an identity and connection. During creation, ancestors created sacred worlds between the earth and the living. From birth we have learned to connect with the physical and spiritual realms. , past, present, future – Metaverset is the future.
So, Metaverse, according to Li-A Math, is “a new model of digital life that currently lacks social structures, but that has an impact on the real world.” Aboriginal lore explains that past, present and emerging future are related to each other. Lee-A Mat believes that Metaverse is a new spirituality, and meeting people there should be a symbol of welcome and gratitude.
Why the embassy? Really ancestral land ownership
In Australia, the legal concept of “Terra nullius” or empty land before European settlement meant that there were no indigenous peoples’ rights to the land and no treaties with indigenous peoples. Long-running legal battles over land rights have followed in recent decades. Australia is the only western country that does not have agreements with its indigenous peoples.
As such, it is important for Lee-A Math to “understand stewardship and past and present approaches to the title of indigenous people. When it comes to claiming land in the physical world, there are 240 years of acquisition. Part of the motive is cultural therapy. It acts. also about identity and lost sovereignty. ” For our culture. There is no action plan to strengthen indigenous communities. New technology can help us try to circumvent legal processes. ”
Having a cultural embassy for the group means “using the future to rewrite the past. It is about skipping the political process and making the cultural process part of these negotiations from the start – change from the start. ” Cryptocurrency allows us to engage in discussion again, and offer the latest digital technologies.