KFA is a research organisation which takes a multi-disciplinary scientific approach to understanding Australia’s deep history of Aboriginal culture and environmental change to establish their importance in the global narrative of human origins.
Our research includes the study of the physical evidence of culture, behaviours and environments as reflected in rock art to show how the first Australians lived and responded to a changing world.
Our Vision is to tell the ongoing story of Australia’s earliest human habitation.
This is first and foremost a story of Aboriginal cultural heritage which we aim to research, promote and preserve as a legacy for all Australians.
Our Mission is to enable this story to be told by fostering scientific research into rock art and its place in the global narrative of human origins, culture and development. We do this in partnership with Aboriginal Australians.
We support a broad range of scientists from the fields of archaeology, geology, palynology, climatology, geo chemistry and related areas to undertake integrated scientific research.
We value the cultural connection Aboriginal people have with their country and the partnerships we have with Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley.
We respect the sensitivity of Aboriginal people to their cultural beliefs and the priority of the Traditional Owners to pass on their cultural story and keep their culture strong. We value their insight, cultural perspective and collaboration.
We foster engagement with country and culture and recognise the importance of traditional knowledge and support the presentation of it alongside the scientific
KFA raises and allocates funds with the following aims:
- To foster scientific research into the rock art and its chronological, cultural, ecological and climatic contexts;
- To collaborate and share knowledge with Indigenous groups, the public, academic institutions, and museums;
- To actively promote research outcomes to ensure the broadest possible appreciation of the national and international significance of Kimberley rock art;
- To encourage protection and preservation of Kimberley rock art;
- To closely involve local Indigenous people in field research and training;
- To encourage new young scientists into these fields of research.
TO Trinity Unhango, Rock Art Dating 2019
Photo Credit: BAC & KFA. Photo: Pauline Heaney