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Accepted Paper:

Using art and metaphor to describe hydrosocial rhythms of a Kimberley River  
Sarah Laborde (Griffith University)

Paper short abstract:

We will show a film in which Gooniyandi artist M. Street describes the rhythms and social connections mediated by the flows of the Fitzroy River, in Western Australia. We will discuss the film in the context of regional development proposals, and link it with current theory on hydrosocial rhythms.

Paper long abstract:

The Fitzroy River is a long, monsoonal river that still flows freely through 10 Aboriginal nations in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. This presentation will start by showing a 5 minutes film called "Veins of the Country", created jointly by Sarah Laborde and Gooniyandi artist and Traditional Owner Mervyn Street. In the film, Mervyn Street uses his art and storytelling ability to explain the rhythms of water and life in the Fitzroy River catchment, and the social connections mediated by river flows. We will link the film with current work on hydrosocial rhythms, and discuss it in the context of the different stories currently being put forward for the future of the Fitzroy River and its catchment.

Panel Env05
Volatile waters, improvised worlds: hydrosocial transformations and the making of orderly flows [P+R]
  Session 1 Tuesday 16 April, 2019, -