Does “possession” produce “home”? This essay figures the claim by Captain Cook to possess Australia as an attempt to institute a single order of time and nature. But that order was and is always undercut by the reality of an enduring indigenous sovereignty. Through ideas of memory, nature, and experience, this paper proposes a different order of home making that can exist alongside indigenous sovereignty. The idea of homemaking for the nonindigenous suggested in this essay involves a recognition of productive melancholia and attempts to release the differences obscured by colonial orders of time and ways of seeing nature. This alternative notion of home recognizes the ongoing force of multiple indigenous cultures that dictated that we will encounter that particular nature and that already imaged imagining amid colonizing and nationalizing practices that include the making of national parks and the management of museum displays.
Katrina Schlunke; Home. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2009; 108 (1): 1–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-2008-020
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