Songlines, Song of the Australian Desert - Exhibition catalog

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The word "songline" refers to a system of knowledge specific to the indigenous populations of Australia. Stories inscribed in the heart of the territories record the ecological, cosmological, topographical and social knowledge necessary for the sustainable development of societies. Exploring the songlines of three regions in central and western Australia, all linked to the founding story of the Seven Sisters, this book traces parts of this universal narrative, as the elders of these Aboriginal communities wish to transmit it to the younger generations. The Sisters and their implacable pursuer, a sorcerer with many faces, are revealed in a sensory narrative. They continually appear and disappear in the landscape, in the springs, in the hills, rocks, trees - and even in the stars above us.

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