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Communities Out of Place

This land is mine
This land is me
These two lines come from the Australian musical One Night the Moon, directed and coscripted by Australian indigenous filmmaker Rachel Perkins. Based on actual events in the Australian outback in 1932, the film tells the story of a pastoralist couple whose child, after waking up at the bright moonlight streaming into her bedroom, wanders into the night chasing after the moon and is lost in the bush. The father refuses the help of an Aboriginal tracker and orders him off his land, an action with tragic consequences. In this scene, the father's refrain, "This land is mine," is juxtaposed by Albert the Tracker's refrain, "This land is me."

This scene and this refrain capture one of the key differences between conventional proprietary models and traditional custodianship. The fundamental concern for devising appropriate recognition and protection for indigenous cultural resources in the land is the imperative toward reconciling that protection within already existing forms of ownership under conventional laws of property and intellectual property (this land is mine). However, solutions based on consistency with such laws, for the purposes of protecting cultural and traditional knowledge, are contrary to customary laws of indigenous Australian custodianship with respect to land and the traditional and cultural knowledge found within that land (this land is me). According to customary Aboriginal laws, as explained by a senior traditional lawman of the Ngarinyin people, "I don't own the land, but the land owns me ... That's why it's so important for us, because the land owns us" (Mowaljarlai 1995).

Communities Out of PlaceJohanna Gibson This land is mine This land is me These two lines come from the Australian musical One Night the Moon, directed and coscripted by Australian indigenous filmmaker Rachel Perkins. Based on actual events i
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