“Our story is in the land… it is written in those sacred places, that’s the law. Dreaming place… you can’t change it, no matter who you are.”
“I feel with my body. Feeling all these trees, all this country. When this blow you can feel it. Same for country… you feel it, you can look, but feeling… that make you.”
(Bill Neidjie, Gagudju Elder)
Connection to country is vital for the physical and emotional wellbeing of indigenous Australians. ‘Kurdiji’, a concept which exists among most Aboriginal groups under different names, shows us how to nurture our relationship with country, with culture and with community. Connection to country is not just environmentalism – it goes much further, mapping being onto a sentient landscape, of which all living creatures are a part.