The weight of river stones

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We are Mirning, we are Yankunytjatjara, we are Yindinji/Mbarbaram, and we write from unceded Kaurna Yarta, from Tarndanyangga, from within and outside of the settler colonial state of South Australia. Together we are mothers, grandmother, sisters, community members, scholar artists, and we form part of the Unbound Collective: a group of Aboriginal artist academics who also work together at Flin-ders University. In this chapter, we will place our writing and conversation relationally with one of our performance installation works: Sovereign Acts III: REFUSE. This performance piece was commissioned in 2017–2018 by Vitalstatistix and performed on Yarta Puulti, place of grief, also known as Port Adelaide. The work calls to our ancestors, and it calls to the future, and it locates us in the present. We collectively commune, grieve and sing to the body of our living earth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Lore
Subtitle of host publicationPractice, Place and Poetics
EditorsCamille Rouliere, Claudia Egerer
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003218272
ISBN (Print)9781032110660
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Environmental Humanities


  • Aboriginal Australians
  • South Australia
  • Aboriginal artist academics
  • Port Adelaide
  • Yarta Puulti
  • grief


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