milaythina-nika waranta; waranta milaythina-nika (this country is us, and we are this country) has

It’s International Women’s Day, and I’ve spent the day on the trail of the opening events for Ten Days on the Island on Tasmania’s Nth East Coast. It’s been a day of beautiful and rugged landscapes and inspiring conversations.

The title of this blog post comes from the title of the Lola Greeno show at the festival.

It’s the original language spoken here in Tasmania and a thought that’s been resonating with me all day. I have been contemplating the festival’s connection to place in the first of three features articles for ArtsHub on the Ten Days on the Island Festival.

In a small moment of quiet contemplation this morning I listened to the interview with Dr Emma Lee as part of Here She Is, an exhibition in Devonport. Dr Lee is a trawlwulwuy woman now living on the Nth West Coast of Tassie. She says in her interview-

I am nothing without these things of country

It brings into focus for me the women who have fought, often quietly to overcome challenges and find belonging. Women who have woven the thread of connection through their families; the thread of knowledge, language, place. Despite, and sometimes because of the dogged efforts by colonisation to destroy them.

Battles that Indigenous women all over the world have in common.

On International Womens Day there’s unanswered questions inside of me as I think about my own indigenaity, as a visitor and an outsider to Tasmania, but also the commonality of the threads that connect Indigenous women to each other. I’m inspired and uplifted.

Maarsii

(thank you in Michif)

Kath

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