“In theory at least, the whole of Australia could be read as a musical score. There was hardly a rock or a creek in the country that could not or had not been sung. One should perhaps visualise the Songlines as a spaghetti of Iliads and Odysses, writhing this way and that, in which every “episode” was readable in terms of geology. Social structures, the definitions of territories, of groups and individual identities, were formed by the patterns of the lines. At their most practical, they help navigation. They are a way of making a home out of desert.”