Thursday, January 05, 2017

Mountain flight

My Sacred Mountains class is starting to come together, slowly. This will be my first time teaching about landscape in a while. Country was important in the Aboriginal Australia course, but the focus of that course was on culture, kinship, stories, etc. We'll obviously be engaging sacred mountains through culture this time, but since the brief is broader - sacred mountains, not particular traditions (or particular peaks) - it's a little different. One thing there is in common with the Australia course, though: on our flat little island miles and miles from mountains, we have no choice but to engage landscape virtually, in mediated ways. To name our positionality (but not only for that reason), I'm thinking one of our first topics will be flying mountains, perhaps through the story of Mount Omine, which flew from India to Japan.

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