Library: Kinship mind

Story / animation: Lisa Roberts. Music: 'Song to my Ancestors' composed and performed by Alison O'Carroll

Reading Mother Country

My ancestor Hannah Brown was Indigenous Australian, and another ancestor was the celebrated Australian artist Tom Roberts. As a child I imagined pictures on the pages of my school Readers moving, like the picture of Tom's painting, 'Shearing the Rams'. Through September 2018 I trace the footsteps of Hannah Brown in Western Victoria and tell a story to the rhythm of a lunar cycle. I climb Pyramid Hill where Major Mitchell proclaimed the lie, "...a land so inviting and still without inhabitants." The country that surrounds Pyramid Hill is now the farmland he envisaged for colonisation. The solar system refers to the Milankovitch cycles that govern natural patterns of climate change and evolution, patterns respected in Indigenous cultures worldwide, and disrupted by massive consumption and disregard for fellow living beings. Indigenous and Antarctic views relate Australia to the whole natural world from which we are born.

I am grateful to Tony Higgins, my second cousin in Victoria who provided the map to trace our shared stories of Aboriginal ancestry.

Lisa Roberts 2018

 

 

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2021
Spirit
Seeding
2021
Horse
Kind
2021
Water
Flows
2009
Yam
Sex
2020
Tree
Spirit
2019
Algae
Oxygen
2020
Otter
Song
2020
Echidna
Family
2019
Krill
Turbulence
2018
Mother
Country
2018
Ocean
Art and data
Human
2016
Inseparable
2007
Cellular
Memories

 

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