The importance of ‘Place’

Aboriginal artwork depicting a fish

Activity: Reflect on the importance of Place as a concept.

Consider the following questions:

Read the following article:

‘Working with and learning from Country: decentring human author-ity’ in Cultural Geographies 2015, Vol. 22(2), 269–283.

Reflect on the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to ‘attend deeply’? Illustrate how you do this in your daily activities.
  2. What does it mean ‘co-becoming’ with Country?
  3. How important are relationships, interconnections, connectedness in the story presented? Identify some of the connections.
  4. How do you relate to the way the story is told?
    1. How do you feel when you are asked to join the authors to go night fishing?

Once you have read the article and thought about the above questions work in small groups to identify all the threads of your thinking. Do this as a mind map or some other form that you can use to showcase your thinking. Ask questions… there may not be answers but identify these as well.

References

Bawaka Country, Wright, S, Suchet-Pearson, S, Lloyd, K, Burarrwanga, L, Ganambarr, R, Ganambarr-Stubbs, M & Maymuru, D 2015, ‘Working with and learning from Country: decentring human author-ity’, Cultural Geographies, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 269–283.

Image: Flickr; Alan Levine, Aboriginal Arts Store, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/