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Humanities 2016, 5(3), 61; doi:10.3390/h5030061

Morrku Mangawu—Knowledge on the Land: Mobilising Yolŋu Mathematics from Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land, to Reveal the Situatedness of All Knowledges

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Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia
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Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308, Australia
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Bawaka Cultural Experiences, North East Arnhem Land, Yirrkala 0880, Australia
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Academic Editors: Karen L. Thornber and Tom Havens
Received: 3 December 2015 / Revised: 4 March 2016 / Accepted: 22 March 2016 / Published: 15 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Indigeneities and the Environment)
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Abstract

Yolŋu mathematics refers to the complex matrix of patterns, relationships, shapes, motions and rhythms of time and space that underpin the ways that Yolŋu people, Indigenous people of North East Arnhem Land in northern Australia, nourish and are nourished by their environments. Through its fundamental reliance on human and more-than-human connectivity and situatedness, Yolŋu people mobilise the concept of Yolŋu mathematics to challenge Western knowledges, including Western ideas of mathematics and environment. This paper discusses Yolŋu mathematics and the relationships between humans and more-than-humans, which co-produce a world that is living and interconnected, and which reveals all knowledge as situated. View Full-Text
Keywords: Yolŋu mathematics; North East Arnhem Land; co-becoming; Indigenous ontologies; situated knowledges; more-than-human Yolŋu mathematics; North East Arnhem Land; co-becoming; Indigenous ontologies; situated knowledges; more-than-human
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Lloyd, B.C.K.; Suchet-Pearson, S.; Wright, S.; Burarrwanga, L.; Ganambarr, R.; Ganambarr-Stubbs, M.; Ganambarr, B.; Maymuru, D. Morrku Mangawu—Knowledge on the Land: Mobilising Yolŋu Mathematics from Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land, to Reveal the Situatedness of All Knowledges. Humanities 2016, 5, 61.

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