"The ‘dry heart’ of Australia, she said, was a jigsaw of different microclimates, of different minerals in the soil and different plants and animals. A man raised in one part of the desert would know its flora and fauna backwards. He knew which plant attracted game. He knew his water. He knew where there were tubers underground. In other words, by naming all the ‘things’ in his territory, he could always count on survival…. man ‘makes’ his territory by naming the ‘things’ in it."
Bruce Chatwin on how man conceived the world through language, from The Songlines