Kincentric Ecology, Species Maintenance and the Relational Power of Place in Northern Australia

Amanda Kearney, John Bradley, Liam Brady

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This paper considers themes of species maintenance and place engagement in Yanyuwa country, northern Australia. It traces the complexity of interpretations and relational contexts involved in places that are commonly – and we argue – misleadingly, referred to as increase and magic sites. Examining one specific place, at which people carry out maintenance rituals, we explore the complex bonds that unite Yanyuwa with the geography that is the Ancestral Hill Kangaroo. Not content with the classificatory habit of declaring actions either increase oriented or hunting magic, this research more fully explicates the relational substance of places that play a key role in ecological health. This is achieved by asking how might the profundity of a place of relational importance, such as a maintenance site, be better understood and written of in ways that convey an Indigenous ontology and epistemology?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-335
Number of pages20
Issue number3
Early online date21 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


  • aboriginal
  • Australia
  • increase sites
  • kincentric ecology
  • maintenance sites
  • place


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