Roots, rupture and remembrance: The Tasmanian Lives of Monterey Pine

A few seemingly insignificant pine trees make a small rocky point a highly contested site for claims about Tasmanian identity, Marianne E.Lien and Aidan Davidson write in their article Roots, rupture and remembrance: The Tasmanian Lives of Monterey Pine, published in the Journal of Material Culture.

"We seek to understand how it is that notions of ‘the land, its climate and creatures and plants’ have come to be such powerful foils against which to establish the terms of Australian belonging", they write. In their view, ethnographic studies of the dynamic gathering together of nature and culture, such as planted trees, provide particularly fruitful points of entry for analysis.

 

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By Lorenz Khazaleh
Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:08 PM