Indigenous Love and Ways of Loving
Merinda Dutton • 16 September 2022
Giinagay! I became interested in the idea of Indigenous (Blackfulla) love because so rarely is it something that is talked about in relation to us as Indigenous people, especially within mainstream literature. Too often Indigenous love is portrayed from a deficit place. This issue brings together writing by First Nations authors in their articulation of love in all its forms and power. For us, to love is to be sovereign.
While romantic love or love between two people is great and all, Indigenous love extends beyond the individual to the community. Indigenous love encompasses the land and our non-human kin. It is relational. Invariably, it also includes a love and care for language and for future generations. Each piece within this newsletter expands on what you think you know about love and wraps you in the warm embrace that is Indigenous love.
Merinda Dutton is a Gumbaynggirr and Barkindji woman emerging writer, First Nations critic, and the co-founder of Blackfulla Bookclub, an online community for First Nations stories. In 2019 Dutton was recognised for her legal aid work with Aboriginal community and awarded the National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year.