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Wekwek en Wokwok Mijimit Bla Faindim Dismob Stori Blanga Yurapanji: working and walking together to find these stories about Urapunga

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posted on 2022-03-28, 17:00 authored by Lillian Tait
Nestled between the Roper and Wilton Rivers of Ngalakgan Country in the Northern Territory of Australia lies Urapunga, a small and lively Aboriginal community predominately comprised of the Duncan family group. Tales of how the Duncans have lived on their land and re-gained ownership over it are celebrated locally. These stories are regionally unique and rich with emotion, multi-dimensional characters and embodied environments. Responding to calls within the community to record these stories, Lillian Tait and Ngalakgan and Ritharrŋu Elders Margaret and Rhonda Duncan co-designed a collaborative and decolonising research project. It involved talking stories, sharing on Country, participatory creative methods, archival research and co-analysis. The stories that emerged will be the heart of a bi-lingual book to be co-authored post-thesis. This thesis documents and reflects on the process of doing this storying research together as part of a cross-cultural collaboration. By mobilising a recuperative storytelling agenda as advocated by Rose (2004) and Margaret, it engages with the way stories build connections between those living, and connect those living with ancestors, future generations and Country, in relationships of belonging, responsibility and care. The thesis demonstrates how nurturing diverse academic/non-academic and more-than human collaborations within research can challenge some of the deep-colonising legacies of academia -- abstract.


Table of Contents

1. "Tracking stories in the bush" -- 2. "Faindim det bilonging: finding that belonging" -- 3. Telling stories in a 'post'-colonial more-than-human world -- 4. "Traiyimbat olkainbala wei ov dum tings: trying out all kinds of ways of doing things" -- 5. Becoming co-researchers -- 6. Connecting over time and space -- 7. "It should be in Kriol and English because we're walking together remember!" -- 8. "Wal wi bin wokwok en werkwek mijimit, indit?: Well we've been walking and working together, isn't it?" -- References -- Appendices.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 87-93

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography and Planning

Department, Centre or School

Department of Geography and Planning

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Sandie Suchet-Pearson

Additional Supervisor 1

Miriam Williams


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