Place, country, and care are at the heart of this wise book, which is so astutely responsive to the diverse, active Aboriginal individuals and nations of the Murray-Darling Basin Like the Central Valley of California near where I live, where vast rivers and wetlands have been engineered to produce a precarious and poisoned breadbasket for settler empires, the Murray-Darling Basin cries out for new practices of care from all of its people. Weir's book gives me hope that these blasted places and the lives of so many species, human and not, might again be whole, in new ways and old. Donna Haraway, History of Consciousness Department, University of California at Santa Cruz
Murray River Country brings a fresh narrative to Australia's water crisis - the intimate stories of love and loss of the Aboriginal people who know the inland rivers as their traditional country.
The Murray River's devastation demands that something fundamental changes in our water philosophies. Weir moves readers beyond questions of how much water will be `returned' to the rivers, to understand that our economy, and our lives, are dependent on river health. She draws on western and Indigenous knowledge traditions to unsettle the boundaries of the current debates. In doing so she shows how powerfully influential yet unacknowledged assumptions continue to trap our thinking and disable us from taking effective action.
By engaging with the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia's agricultural heartland, and the Murray River, Australia's greatest river, Murray River Country goes to the heart of our national understandings of how we are to live in this country.
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