The Language of The Land


'The Land still speaks to us and The Speaking Land will helps us understand its language'. *0

A branch on Sand Ground | Hoge Veluwe | januari 2020
A branch on Sand Ground | Hoge Veluwe | januari 2020

"For Aboriginal peoples, country is much more than a place. Rock, tree, river, hill, animal, human – all were formed of the same substance by the Ancestors who continue to live in land, water, sky. Country is filled with relations speaking language and following Law, no matter whether the shape of that relation is human, rock, crow, wattle. Country is loved, needed, and cared for, and country loves, needs, and cares for her peoples in turn. Country is family, culture, identity. Country is self." *36

Filmstill DVD Australia /Uluru
Filmstill DVD Australia /Uluru

"Writing in landscapes, landscapes write in you. Sending a voice to the Juarez Baja, the Sangre de Cristos of Colorado, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Himalayas; sending a voice to Death Valley, Ojai Valley, and the hills and valleys of France's Dordogne; sending a voice to the changeable waters of the Virgin Islands and the cold, radiant waters of Tibet's Lake Manasaraovar; sending a voice to Mexico's wet lowland forests and Canada's dark stands of cedar; sending a voice to Abiquiu and the Chama, to Yaxchilan and the Usumacinta. Sending a voice. Yes, it is true; each place has its own voice. Sending a voice, a voice responds." 

 Joan Halifax *35 (posted with permission)

If we understand the landscape as everything around us, the landscape includes the sky and his phenomena such as blueness, clouds, rain, lighting, stars and rays of light.The sky, Tnggri, is the power above all powers. *5

‘Language possesses resources which one has to sense as coming not only from within oneself, but from outside, from the Land itself, from the rivers, from the forests. And also from those persons and those cultures that existed in that landscape and have left their trace.’*2b


TEXT IN VIDEO: (...) we knew nothing where we were, or upon what land it was we were driven, whether an island or the main, whether inhabited or not inhabited (...) 

Fragment page 47 from the Novel 'The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe'. Daniel Defoe 1719 

Hemweg 8 Amsterdam (kolencentrale/2011


“The landscape is alive, it is a living text”. *2a