The land is my mother and my mother is the land.

I shall be gentle with her.

The land is the starting point where it all began. Itís like picking up a piece of dirt and saying:

this is where I started and this is where Iíll go.

The land is our food, our identity, our vulnerability and our strength, our spirit, our culture.


I am the land and the land is me.

My bones, my blood and my story are in the land.


                                       Thoughts inspired after staying with the Anangu Aboriginals in Central Australia
                                 and learning from the wisdom and knowledge of the Elders.

                                                                                                                     Jane van Herwijnen