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Australian Aboriginal Knowings are fundamentally different to Western Knowledges. Different, not inferior and not superior. This chapter will Story these differences. It will Story these differences using metaphor; a Brick wall for Western Knowledge and a Waterlily for Australian Aboriginal Knowings. It will explore the contested space between these two worlds; the space that Aboriginal educators exist and operate within. It will explore the domain of Aboriginal expressions of Knowing through performative mediums. It is in this space that we see the most powerfully communicated understandings and expressions of Aboriginal Knowings. This chapter is not about content. It is about process. It is about philosophically understanding the depth of the most ancient cultures and peoples and our Storys. It is about finding, accepting and strategizing the discomfort: the zone of colliding trajectories, the contested zone—the zone between Aboriginal Knowings and Western Knowledges.
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