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Receive, Touch, Feel, and Give Raypirri

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Who we are is about where we are.1 Identity has to do with the land, which in my case is about an island (Elcho Island). Land is connected with the sea, and the sand, as well as with the animals and the fish. Who we are is about those things together. There is a delicate relationship between Aboriginal people with those things. We don’t own the land or the sea; we are of the land and the sea, and the land and the sea are [with] us. I am from a saltwater people, and so our totems come from the sea. The land and the sea is also the home of our ancestors. The land and the sea are there (present) in our ceremonies. Who we are is about the togetherness of land, sea, ancestors, culture, ceremonies, and us. This is why identity is about land and sea, and all those things in there.2 Identity is about country.

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  1. See Wali Fejo, “The Voice of the Earth: An Indigenous Reading of Genesis 9,” in The Earth Story in Genesis, edited by Norman C. Habel and Shirley Wurst (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 2000), 140–46.

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Dhamarrandji, M., Havea, J. (2014). Receive, Touch, Feel, and Give Raypirri . In: Havea, J. (eds) Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology. Postcolonialism and Religions. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137426673_2

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