For many people, deserts represent vast places of ‘nothingness’ and they become places of solitude. Yet for many local people and First Nations people, deserts are home – a place of spiritual rebirth, a place that connects people to their creation and places that provide both opportunities and challenges in terms of livelihoods and food security.
We are fortunate as LoST travellers to have opportunities to explore parts of deserts, especially through local communities or First Nations people’s initiatives to bring travellers into their cultural and geographical landscapes. There are multiple stories to be told about deserts, and none have anything to do with ‘nothingness’.
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