Author Identifier

Vanessa Wintoneak

Mindy Blaise

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

River Research and Applications




School of Education / Graduate Research / Centre for People, Place and Planet




Edith Cowan University - Open Access Support Scheme 2021

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


Wintoneak, V., & Blaise, M. (2022). Voicing Derbarl Yerrigan as a feminist anti‐colonial methodology. River Research and Applications, 38(3), 435-442.


The paper voices Derbarl Yerrigan, a significant river in Western Australia, through three imperfect, non-innocent, and necessary river-child stories. These stories highlight the emergence of a feminist anti-colonial methodology that is attentive to settler response-abilities to Derbarl Yerrigan through situated, relational, active, and generative research methods. Voicing Derbarl Yerrigan influences the methodological practices used as part of an ongoing river-child walking inquiry that is concerned with generating climate change pedagogies in response to the global climate crises and calls for new ways of thinking and producing knowledge. In particular, the authors found that voicing as a methodology includes listening and being responsive to Derbarl Yerrigan's invitations, paying attention to pastspresentsfutures, and forming attachments through naming. By telling lively settler river-child stories, this paper shows how voicing Derbarl Yerrigan is vital to open new possibilities for education and has implications for settler-colonial contexts, where the focus on learning shifts from learning about the world to learning to become with multispecies river worlds.



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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Research Themes

Natural and Built Environments

Priority Areas

Human-environment interaction