The land still speaks: Ni, Katitj!
Wooltorton, S., Collard, L., & Horwitz, P. (2017). The land still speaks: Ni, Katitj!. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, 2017 (13), 57-67.
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.
Australian Aboriginals, land, language, law, South West Western Australia