The Colour of Country
This article explores my relations to Country through colour. It is accompanied by three art pieces I have recently painted. It has a particular focus on my changing relationship to Biripi and Ngunnawal countries in Australia and the ways this relationship was impacted by my travelling to the “Learning How to Inherit in Colonized and Ecologically Challenged Lifeworlds” symposium in Victoria, British Columbia. As depicted in the paintings, my understandings of Country are coloured by the heritage-based connections to land that continue to shape my contemporary Aboriginal identity, my growing engagement with and understanding of the contemporary common worlds I inhabit, and the discussions of place and identity that took place at the symposium.