Posts Tagged "Aboriginal Lore"

The Story of Mother Earth – Uncle Pete

The Story of Mother Earth – Uncle Pete

The Story of Mother Earth. Artist: Uncle Pete The style of artwork used in retelling of this story comes from our mountain, Gunda Booka, on the road between Bourke and Cobar, NSW.  Our people have been using this style of artwork on cave walls since the beginning of time. The hand stencils are signatures we leave on the cave walls to let others know that we’ve travelled through on our way to ceremonies. The colours, too, have their own significance. The red ochre  is used by men who’ve attended ceremonies. For my people, the red ochre represents the blood of God, Mooka. Women who’ve attended...

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Acknowledgement Of Country & Welcome to Country

Protocols for welcoming visitors to country have been a part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years. Despite the absence of fences or visible borders, Aboriginal groups had clear boundaries separating their countries. Permission was needed by travellers when crossing into another group’s country – similar to obtaining a visa. When permission was granted, the hosting group would welcome the visitors, offering them safe passage.     An acknowledgement of country is a protocol performed preceding an official meeting or formal activity. It acknowledges the Aboriginal...

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Understanding Aboriginal Dreaming.

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...

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