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I would like to say here, an acknowledgement of Place – where I am as I write, and where PaGaian Cosmology happens: it is Bru-na-BigTree, home of the ceremonial space of MoonCourt.

– with thanks to Eileen Haley for these words, expressed at her Bolivia talk in MoonCourt, February 2013.

This is the tale I wish to tell, here, at this time, in this place, the border region between the lands of the Dharuk and Gundungarra peoples, that always was and always will be Aboriginal land. With the home of the ancient wollemi pine to the north of us, the gorges of the Blue Mountains to our west, the spine of the Great Dividing Range stretching down to Tasmania to the south, and to our east the river basins of the Georges, Parramatta and Hawkesbury Rivers, flowing into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean.

I acknowledge this place, MoonCourt, as well, this henge of sorts, where we ritually celebrate where we are, where so much good and important transformational work is carried out, re-storying the world with ancient and contemporary wisdom. It is an honour for me to be here.

(Eileen later prefaced to me with: this is the excerpt from the text of my talk — i assume i said it more or less like this. i mentioned the wollemi pine because i later made something of the araucarias as gondwanaland trees, found in both australia and south america; and mentioned tasmania for the same reason, ie the gondwanaland connection between australia and south america, which sort of went through tasmania. and i mentioned the pacific ocean because the presentation ends with the pacific ocean as another connector between australia and south america — the convections, the ENSO etc.)

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