'You whitefellas pull it all apart': epistemic learnings in exploring landscape

John Bradley, Amanda Kearney

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This chapter demonstrates that a discussion of Indigenous people's landscapes and/or country invokes a dialogue about self and emotional needs, attachments and subjectivities that place people and their world into a profound relationship. The stories and songs belonging to the Westerners places make most sense when told in a Yanyuwa way, for it is a Yanyuwa epistemic habit that renders it audible, visual and otherwise sensual. For Yanyuwa, many outsiders fail to grasp the nuances embedded in another way of thinking about what in a 'white way' of understanding might be distinguished as sea, land, islands or landscape. For people like Yanyuwa woman Annie Karrakayn, there is an ontological reality distinct from that of the white barrister engaged in the land claim process. For Yanyuwa like Johnson, Dinah and Annie, a relationship with country is only possible if defined by an understanding that humans have an effect on country by being emotionally engaged with it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies
EditorsPeter Howard, Ian Thompson, Emma Waterton, Mick Atha
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315195063
ISBN (Print)9781138720312
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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