In this episode we refer to a chapter Different Ways of Knowing: Trees Are Our Families Too, by Gladys and Jill Milroy, in Heartsick for Country: Stories of Love, Spirit and Creation, edited by Morgan, Mia and Kwaymullina 2008. In this chapter, the authors write that Western knowledge tends to exclude and marginalise many other ways of knowing, while imposing a belief in its superiority over all other ways of ‘knowing’ when in reality it is only one particular way of knowing the world. The 'westernaisation' of knowledge has labelled Indigenous ways of knowing as myth, associated with being anecdotal and unreliable. This type of denigration has damaged people and their relationships with each other and with the natural world around them. But through stories, and understanding that everyone has a birthright to be born into the right story, that we can start shaping shared futures in which we can all belong.
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