Murray River Country discusses the water crisis from a unique perspective - the intimate stories of love and loss from the perspectives of Aboriginal people who kw the inland rivers as their traditional country. These experiences bring a fresh narrative to contemporary water debates about living in the Murray-Darling Basin, and how we should look to more sustainable ways to live in Australia, as our approach to water is changing in the face of water scarcity, drought, climate change, and water mismanagement. This book brings new insights to these issues by focusing our attention on what Indigeus people from along the Murray are experiencing, saying, and doing. Weir wants to move readers beyond questions of how much water will be 'returned' to the rivers, to understand that our ecomy, and our lives, are dependent on river health. She uses different kwledge traditions to reveal unackwledged assumptions that trap our thinking and disable us from acting.
Jessica K. Weir is a research fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. She is a human geographer whose research focuses on ecological and social issues in Australia.