Hosts: Sam Balaton-Chrimes, Alice Bellette, Cameo Dalley, and Victoria Stead
Category: Society and Culture
Sub-Category: Culture and Identity, History, Places and Travel
First Episode: 2020
In this series, we talk about the difficult work of relationships between colonised, coloniser, and the many in-between categories, in three different contexts: Australia, Papua New Guinea and Kenya. We tell stories from our work as academic researchers, stories about real people in real places. In the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri lands where we live and work, in Naarm (Melbourne), you often see the phrase ‘Wominjeka/Womindjeka’ used in public places and at public events. It’s usually translated into English as ‘welcome’. At Welcome to Country ceremonies, though, Elders teach that it means more than that. They teach us that it’s a call to ethical relationship — with people, land, and with the future — that might be better translated as ‘come with purpose’, or ‘state your intention’.