Singing the Land

wildflowerwalker

Simple ways to reconnect with the earth and ourselves.

What does it mean to sing the land?

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Most of us, at least in Australia, have heard of songlines – these apparently invisible tracks across the country that the Aboriginals sang as they travelled along. These songs are the music of the land, a sound map of the country – describing each and every feature across the land – each mound in the desert, each waterhole or cave. And these songlines enabled the indigenous to travel vast distances without getting lost – as long as they remembered the song. And periodically these lines had to be travelled, to be re-sung and re-membered.

Singing the land like this keeps it alive and awake. In my own understanding, this is due to acoustic resonance. If you can listen deeply to the land, if you can hear its song, when you sing its own…

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