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Being in, and with, Biocultural Landscapes: Alternative Visions

Kakadu National Park, Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock).

Walking through ancient cultural and spiritual landscapes inspires reverence, respect, and a sense of ethics of place. WORDS AND IMAGES    Michael Davis  . Can we perceive landscape as more than “mere” topography, land, or landform? By engaging with landscapes in multidimensional ways, we can reshape our relationships with them, embracing them ethically and respectfully

Yarning on Country: Reinvigorating Biocultural Diversity in Australia

Wild Orange flower on its branch

Three people from different backgrounds weave together their personal and collective histories, deeply intertwined with Country. Sophie Zaccone, David Doyle, and Mark Lock In sunburnt Australia struggling with climate change, land degradation, and biodiversity loss, three people connect to reinvigorate Country — a First Nations Australian way of being. Dave and Mark are First Nations

Yamani Project Artists

Yamani: Voices of an Ancient Land

This page complements the photo essay “Yamani: Voices of an Ancient Land,” which presents a unique musical project by the same name, developed by six extraordinary Australian Indigenous women. They came together to support the revitalization of Aboriginal languages and the strengthening of Indigenous identity by creating, singing, and recording songs in their six different

No More Invisible People on Secret Committees: An Aboriginal Man’s Fight for Cultural Safety

Mark Lock interviewed by Stephen Houston Stephen Houston: Can you please introduce yourself? Mark Lock: I am Mark Lock from the Ngiyampaa people, an Australian Aboriginal tribe from rural Australia. You can see that I have “fair” skin and blue eyes because of my mixed heritage (Latvian, Scottish, English, and Scandinavian, in addition to Ngyampaa).

The Power of Place Names: Embedding Bama Local Languages into the Australian Landscape

by Michaela Jeannaisse Carter . . In July 2017, I abandoned my Pacific Northwest summer break in North America in favor of a tropical winter internship a little closer to home. I flew across the Pacific Ocean to join a small but ambitious effort that was about to begin on the ancestral homelands of the Bama

Listening to Country: Language, Art, and Conservation in Coastal Queensland, Australia

Corrigan artwork

Text and artwork by Colleen Corrigan “Without language you can’t describe your Country.” —Melinda Holden (Gurang Elder) . I was sitting across from Maureen at her kitchen table, with the lens of my video camera focused on a bowl of fruit because she didn’t want to be filmed in her housecoat. Her mannerisms and humor

Gloriously Entwined: Nature and Culture, Art and Agriculture

by Eliza Smith .  .  It was a specific moment in 2013, while attending a farmer club meeting in rural Kenya, that sparked my curiosity. Patrick Kiirya, the meeting facilitator, as well as minister for agriculture in the Busoga Kingdom in Uganda and an agroecology enthusiast, asked participants to perform a song about the value of

Educational Intelligence: Learning about Place and Country through Aboriginal Art and Activism in Sydney, Australia

by Stephen Houston “We have survived the white man’s world.” —from the song “We Have Survived,” written and performed by Bart Willoughby with the Aboriginal band No Fixed Address, 1981 Despite the intensifying market pressures on land and the lifeworld, the power of Country as a living and sustaining force is re-asserting itself in Australia—that

At the Edge of the Region: Where Science and Art Meet in a Storied North Queensland Landscape

Arone Meeks

by Michael Davis In the tropical north of Queensland, Australia, at the mouth of the Trinity River that runs into the Pacific Ocean, lies the city of Cairns. Here, at this “edge of the region,” a long coastal stretch of mudflats and mangroves, rich in birdlife and other fauna, gives way to a major harbor