Dinawan Dreaming: seeing the darkness or the stars

Jones, Janice K. and Moodie, Donna and Hobson, Nicole (2014) Dinawan Dreaming: seeing the darkness or the stars. In: Weaving words: personal and professional transformation through writing as research. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom , pp. 81-102. ISBN 978-1-4438-5452-8

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This chapter uses Indigenous research methodologies of walking together, yarning about our experiences and critically analysing the meanings of conversations and writings created by three women. We are a university educator and recent migrant to Australia; an artist and educator of Aboriginal Australian heritage, and a woman of the Kamillaroi people; and a pre-service teacher whose family migrated from Europe in the last century to farm the land in Queensland. The chapter builds upon traditional Indigenous Australian ways of knowing and understanding as the authors share their understandings of an immersive experience during a day visit to Gummingurru: a ceremonial site of cultural importance to the Jarowair Aboriginal people. An art work created by Donna Moodie becomes a key and a metaphor for understanding the different ways of seeing and understanding land, self and culture, as the authors walk together on and through a site of spiritual and cultural significance. Film of their yarning about the day and a critical revisiting of the transcribed interviews allows a three-way re-framing of the day so as to generate new understandings of identity and culture, the land and time. The interwoven voices of the three highlight differences but also embody the potential for re-connection and transformed understandings through walking, yarning and writing together.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2013 23:37
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 04:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; traditional beliefs; Jarowair people; sacred sites; spiritual beliefs; land; identity
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24426

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