The land still speaks: Ni, Katitj!

Sandra Wooltorton, Len Collard, Pierre Horwitz

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In this paper we reflect on land, language and law in Wiilman Noongar Boodjar (Country), which has recently become known as the Upper Blackwood River Catchment in the South West of Western Australia. By intertwining historical perspectives with Western science and Noongar katitjiny (knowledge and understandings, or rationality) we argue that this region is alive, that it does have a language and that there is a message to be heard. History shows that the voice of the land might be diminishing, but signs of a transformation are evident, where a conciliation of these voices enables real listening to ancient insights and deep participation with place.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-67
JournalPAN: Philosophy Activism Nature
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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  • 2019 WA State NRM and Coastal Conference

    Len Collard (Keynote speaker/Invited speaker), Pierre Horwitz (Keynote speaker/Invited speaker) & Sandra Wooltorton (Keynote speaker/Invited speaker)

    1 Oct 20194 Oct 2019

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

  • Place Names (Community Arts Network)

    Len Collard (Independent expert)


    Activity: Service and engagementCollaboration on community projects

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