'Meerta peeneeyt, yana peeneeyt, taram peeneeyt' (stand strong, walk strong, proud flesh strong)

Couzens, V 2010, 'Meerta peeneeyt, yana peeneeyt, taram peeneeyt' (stand strong, walk strong, proud flesh strong), Masters by Research, Education, RMIT University.


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Title 'Meerta peeneeyt, yana peeneeyt, taram peeneeyt' (stand strong, walk strong, proud flesh strong)
Author(s) Couzens, V
Year 2010
Abstract In my research I explored the idea of cultural identity and belonging to Country. I wanted to strengthen Indigenous identity, belonging and cultural practices through story-telling and creative expression.

I was interested in the ways my work through art, language and community development could contribute to the reclamation, regeneration and revitalisation of our Aboriginal identity and culture.

The starting point of my exploration was my own cultural identity and an examination of how this relates to my family’s cultural identity.

I gathered and recorded stories and developed works to create a legacy for future generations of our family. I explored our spiritual connection to Country and the notion of belonging and place. I want to understand more about these intangible things, the unseen. I explored how connection to Country, belonging and identity were expressed innately through language, story, song, and dance. These resonate with Country and place. The voice of the Land is heard in our language and songs, our stories are the body of the Land and the rhythm and heartbeat of the Land is felt in the dance.

The creative works developed in my research explored the links between song, dance, words and intonation, resonance and vibration.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Education
Keyword(s) indigenous identity
Aboriginal cultural knowledge
belonging
narrative
creative expression
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