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Desert Tracks: Not Terra Nullius
43 in(57 cm x 109 cm)
For thousands of years, the first peoples of Australia traversed this land belying the doctrine of terra nullius (land belonging to no one) that underpinned European settlement and nation building. For the Aboriginal people, an intimate understanding of the land is living cultural knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation. This forms a rich matrix of people, totemic, social, economic and spiritual connectedness with country. The Dreamtime laid down patterns of life for Aboriginal people, an eternal thread connecting past, present and future.
Cotton, dye, thread.