Being-Country in Urban Places: Naming the World Through Australian Aboriginal Pedagogies

  • Margaret Somerville
  • Sarah Powell
  • Narelle Trist
Keywords: being-Country; Indigenous; posthuman; onto-epistemology; new materialism


This paper explores the pedagogies of a Murrawarri/Dharug co-researcher enacted during three activities: becoming animal; welcome dance; and message sticks. We think-with Trist and consider the possibilities of being-Country in urban places. The research draws on data collected as part of Naming the World, an international project informed by posthuman and new materialist theorizing and Indigenous understandings of humans as fully intertwined with the world. We grapple with the intersection of posthuman and new materialist perspectives alongside Indigenous onto-epistemologies in early childhood education settings.

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