I hadn't noticed this park with its decorated trees until recently. I'm not sure why these trees have been decorated in recent times but they are serving as reminders that our land is not ours. It belongs to the traditional owners who have been here for generations before us. It's unfortunate that we continue to need reminders such as this to make sure we acknowledge and show respect to the land and to the traditional owners.
It's hard for westerners to understand just what the land means to Aboriginal people who define themselves in terms of their country and the long history they have with it. Sacred places and the meaning that the lands mean to them are only evident to westerners when you listen. Truly listen to hear the stories. Open your mind to hearing how people who have a background different to your own. Open to new ways of thinking. Understanding identity as not just about one person as an individual disconnected from everything around them.
It's awe inspiring for me to be open to new ideas, new ways of seeing and understanding. It's so important to our own development to understand others, to make sense of the world in ways that we have not grown up with.
Signs in parks are one way that we can be reminded, forced to take notice and remember that people with our background are not the only people inhabitating this land, that our way of seeing is not the only way of seeing.
Seeing this park with its signs has made me curious again. Curious about why these signs have appeared now. What has triggered the signs. What the traditional owners are hoping for.