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Author Somerville, Margaret, author

Title Water in a dry land : place-learning through art and story / Margaret Somerville
Published New York : Routledge, 2013
New York ; London : Routledge, 2013


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'BOOL  306.09944 Som/Wia  AVAILABLE
Description xviii, 206 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
regular print
Series Innovative ethnographies
Innovative ethnographies.
Contents Foreword -- Acknowledgements -- Preface: Rock and Stone -- Mapping the Territory -- White -- Thinking Through Country -- A Literature Review of Water -- Intimate Intensity: Immiboagurramilbun/ Chrissiejoy Marshall -- A Dry Land: Daphne Wallace -- Travelling Water Stories: Badger Bates -- Creation. Treahna Hamm -- Mutual Entanglement Postscript: Always Unfinished Business of Singing the Country -- References
Summary "Water in a Dry Land is a story of research about water as a source of personal and cultural meaning. The site of this exploration is the iconic river system which forms the networks of natural and human landscapes of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. In the current geological era of human induced climate change, the desperate plight of the system of waterways has become an international phenomenon, a symbol of the unsustainable ways we relate to water globally. The Murray-Darling Basin extends west of the Great Dividing Range that separates the densely populated east coast of Australia from the sparsely populated inland. Aboriginal peoples continue to inhabit the waterways of the great artesian basin and pass on their cultural stories and practices of water, albeit in changing forms. A key question informing the book is: What can we learn about water from the oldest continuing culture inhabiting the world's driest continent? In the process of responding to this question a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers formed to work together in a contact zone of cultural difference within an emergent arts-based ethnography. Photo essays of the artworks and their landscapes offer a visual accompaniment to the text on the Routledge Innovative Ethnography. This book is perfect for courses in environmental sociology, environmental anthropology, and qualitative methods."--Publisher's website
Analysis Australian
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Also issued online
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Darling River Watershed (Qld. and N.S.W.) -- Social conditions.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Murray River Valley (N.S.W.-S.A.) -- Social conditions.
Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Darling River Watershed (Qld. and N.S.W.)
Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Murray River Valley (N.S.W.-S.A.)
Art, Aboriginal -- Australia -- Darling River Watershed (Qld. and N.S.W.)
Art, Aboriginal -- Australia -- Murray River Valley (N.S.W.-S.A.)
Art, Aboriginal -- Darling River Watershed (Qld. and N.S.W.)
Art, Aboriginal -- Murray River Valley (N.S.W.-S.A.)
Cultural landscapes.
Ethnology in art.
Indigenous peoples -- Australia -- Murray River Valley (N.S.W.-S.A.) -- Ecology Australia
Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- Australia -- Murray River Valley (N.S.W.-S.A.)
Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- Australia -- Darling River Watershed (Qld. and N.S.W.)
Water and civilization.
Water in art.
Darling River Watershed (Qld. and N.S.W.) -- Environmental conditions.
Murray River Valley (N.S.W.-S.A.) -- Environmental conditions.
LC no. 2012027851
ISBN 0415503965 (hbk.)
0415503973 (paperback)
9780415503969 (hbk.)
9780415503976 (paperback)