Posted by: Bob Payne | August 10, 2011

The Land Holds Us: Aborginal Peoples’ Rights to Traditional Homelands in the Northern Territory

I can look back over 70 years on this part of the land. There was a richness of the relationships between people so you felt never alone. You felt secure, you felt you belonged. You also felt, from an early age, your responsibility; not only to the flora and fauna but to the song lines that tied you to the land. We always said pmerel atnyenem, we never said pmer nhenh tha atnyenem. That means, country owns or holds you, not you holding the country and becoming master of the land. The land was your mother, your
father and everything else.

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