Richard Hunter, Frans Hoogland, Jaqueline Wright from ABC Open, and I have been working on a project which I’d love to share with you all, it’s about Feeling Country. Many thanks to Jacqui for all the hours of pulling it together and to Gabrielle Norden and Sara Retallick for contributing beautiful sounds from Country. Enjoy!
This is very significant step towards recognising and granting legal rights to the earth and more-than-human entities. Recognising the agency of the more-than-human world (nature) and granting legal rights to entities such as rivers and to ecosystems is essential to protecting and sustaining sacred connections.
Ground is what lies beneath our feet. It is the place where we already stand; a state of recognition, the place or the circumstances to which we belong whether we wish to or not. It is what holds and supports us, but also what we do not want to be true; it is what challenges us, physically or psychologically, irrespective of our hoped for needs. It is the living, underlying foundation that tells us what we are, where we are, what season we are in and what, no mater what we wish in the abstract, is about to happen in our body, in the world or in the conversation between the two.
David Whyte, from ‘Consolations‘
An important episode of Living Black which reveals the extent of de-listing of Indigenous heritage sites by the Western Australian Government:
This episode also includes footage of the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail and interviews with Goolarabooloo Traditional owners regarding the legacy that they seek to carry on in the face of industrial development of their ancestral lands.