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The Bundian Way: Mapping with storiesAuthor(s): John Blay
Source: In: Watson, Alan; Carver, Stephen; Krenova, Zdenka; McBride, Brooke, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Tenth World Wilderness Congress symposium; 2013, 4-10 October, Salamanca, Spain. Proceedings RMRS-P-74. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 67-76.
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DescriptionThe Bundian Way is a shared history pathway that connects the highest part of the Australian continent and the south-eastern coast via an ancient Aboriginal route that brought together the people of the greater region. The Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council has long worked towards its use for educational/ tourism purposes and recognition for heritage protection. In 2010 the Land Council began a survey of the route which resulted in New South Wales State Heritage listing on 18th January 2013. While the Bundian Way is defined as a physical route, its stories link a variety of Aboriginal landscapes through time and space. For example, some special places along the route are suited to formal Aboriginal Place recognition. These are all significant places with strong, inter-linking stories. Therefore, though the old song-stories that identified the route have partly been lost due to the impact of European settlement, even today the richest way to map the route is through story. Not with a physical map, but a mental one, one you can carry in mind. As it was in the beginning, before history arrived with the Europeans.
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CitationBlay, John. 2015. The Bundian Way: Mapping with stories. In: Watson, Alan; Carver, Stephen; Krenova, Zdenka; McBride, Brooke, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Tenth World Wilderness Congress symposium; 2013, 4-10 October, Salamanca, Spain. Proceedings RMRS-P-74. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 67-76.
Keywordswilderness, rewilding, restoration, private lands, biodiversity, conservation, protected areas, economics, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values
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