The Meanjin Papers

‘Meanjin Papers’ was our journal’s original name, and over the years came to denote our lead essay. Since Winter 2023, The Meanjin Paper is the piece by a First Nations Elder that opens each edition offering a story of place, so that we always begin by listening to Elders.

Djaara: the essential ingredient

Djaara: the essential ingredient

Rodney Carter
Winter 2024
The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation has a recipe for health and success. It’s a recipe perfected by the Dja Dja Wurrung Ancestors over millennia ...
Ilkakelheme akngakelheme—resisting assimilation

Ilkakelheme akngakelheme—resisting assimilation

Theresa Penangke Alice
Kinship comes out of the Country itself, it comes from the Ancestor beings. Aboriginal people have grown up deep inside this from creation, and they live within it always and forever ...
Yulendj Boonwurrung

Yulendj Boonwurrung

N'Arwee't Professor Carolyn Briggs
Summer 2023
The history of the first people of Melbourne—the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan of the Boonwurrung The area we today call Melbourne was part of the estate of the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan. The Yaluk-ut Weelam were a clan of the Boonwurrung—one of ...
From the Archives: Interview with Kath Walker

From the Archives: Interview with Kath Walker

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Spring 2023, Spring 2023
In considering the Meanjin Paper for this edition, we have dived deep into the archives of Meanjin, seeking to honour the voices of those that have come before. Through our reading of the archives, we understand that many of the ...
Makunschan, Meeanjan, Miganchan, Meanjan, Magandjin

Makunschan, Meeanjan, Miganchan, Meanjan, Magandjin

Gaja Kerry Charlton
Winter 2023
Every tribe … has its own dialect, if not language … stamps their locality much, know every acre of land belonging to their ‘home’… each plant, flower, tree, shrub, grass, bird, beast, insect … every mile of a river or ...