Article published in:Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country
Edited by Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Diane Hafner
[Culture and Language Use 18] 2016
► pp. 263–284
Multiple views of paradise
Perspectives on the Daintree rainforest
This paper arises out of my more than 40 years personal experience in the Daintree rainforest region of far north Queensland in Australia. Over this time, I have marveled at the starkly different ways in which people that live and visit think about the land, and particularly about the rainforest itself. I present in this paper my ‘reading’ of what different locals have said to me about the landscape and what it means to them. In particular, I focus on Kuku-Yalanji people, the indigenous residents of the area. I also draw for this paper on my reading of texts created by other, non-indigenous parties with interests in the Daintree: early colonial explorers, contemporary land developers, tourist operators and conservationists.
Published online: 18 February 2016
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