Australian Aborigines have the longest continuous cultural history of any group of people on Earth – over 65,000 years.
There’s never been an adequate translation in the English language to sufficiently define everything embodied by Aboriginal Dreamings.
Guided by their Ancestral Spirits, the Aboriginal people have developed an intimate knowledge of and belonging to the land. They are entrusted to watch over and protect the land. This bond, this rich spiritual connection, is known as the Dreaming.
The Dreaming stories are linked to the creation time and the Ancestral Spirits who walked across the land and created life and important physical geographic formations and sites. There is no timeline to the Dreaming.
It’s continuous and present.
And central to Aboriginal spirituality.
It’s important not to mistake the Dreaming with human dreams. The Dreaming explains the origin of the universe and workings of nature and humanity for Aboriginal people. It shapes and structures life through the Aboriginal lore and understanding of family life, the relations between the sexes and obligations to people, land and spirits. In the absence of written history, these teachings have been successfully handed down for thousands of years through stories, art, ceremony, and songs.
“The Dreaming gives us a deep sense of connection to the land. And to one another. It forms our traditions, culture and whole being.”
We at Waradah Aboriginal Centre, have at the core of our code of ethics a desire to honour and promote Aboriginal culture and to educate our visitors in as many aspects of Australian Aboriginality as possible. We aim to provide an educational and entertaining cultural experience, where traditional Aboriginal song, dance, and Didgeridoo are showcased. Combined with this, dreaming stories and explanations of a traditional Aboriginal way of life, artworks, and artifacts, create a significant experience.
Daily Live Aboriginal Performances run 10 times a day, 7 days a week, 375 days a year.
Our domestic education programs have been created with the current NSW Educational Aboriginal Studies curriculum in mind, and are geared at engaging students and broadening their understanding of Australian Indigenous culture.
Similarly, in a private room, International Students visiting Waradah will experience Aboriginal Culture in a series of activities which include an interactive talk on traditional Aboriginal culture; an introduction to traditional painting techniques and symbols used in Aboriginal desert art; and a guided boomerang painting workshop.
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