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The Place of LandscapeConcepts, Contexts, Studies$
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Jeff Malpas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015523

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015523.001.0001

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“Whitefellas Have to Learn about Country, It Is Not Just Land”: How Landscape Becomes Country and Not an “Imagined” Place

“Whitefellas Have to Learn about Country, It Is Not Just Land”: How Landscape Becomes Country and Not an “Imagined” Place

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(p.45) 3 “Whitefellas Have to Learn about Country, It Is Not Just Land”: How Landscape Becomes Country and Not an “Imagined” Place
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The Place of Landscape
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John J. Bradley

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015523.003.0004

This chapter explores the term “landscape” and its utility for indigenous people. If indigenous people do not have an understanding of the term, the question is posed whether “landscape” is merely a form of “restricted” speech that is meant to signify power and authority over them and the land they call home. In Australia, certain literary works describe the rich relationship indigenous people have with their land, providing a foundation for the study of “cultural landscapes.” These works share the common trait of presenting a way in which landscape becomes evidence of the cosmological processes that define kinship, group alignments, and cultural practices.

Keywords:   landscape, indigenous people, restricted speech, Australia, cultural landscapes, cosmological processes

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