Three Core Aboriginal Lore: Love, Respect and Humility.

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“Aboriginal spirituality is defined as at the core of Aboriginal being, their very identity. It gives meaning to all aspects of life including relationships with one another and the environment. All objects are living and share the same soul and spirit as Aboriginals. There is a kinship with the environment. Aboriginal spirituality can be expressed visually, musically and ceremonially.” (Grant, E.K. 2004)

The traditional concepts of love, respect and humility form the foundation of the Aboriginal way of life. They are built around acknowledging everything in nature as sacred. These teachings are the fundamental core to Indigenous people’s identity and worldview. Passed down from ancestors, they are reinforced in Aboriginal songs, dances, stories and paintings.


1 – Love.

‘A strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.’

For the Aboriginal people their first love is to Mother Earth. She is considered the mother of all living spirits, the giver of human life. Love given to Mother Earth is expressed through love of oneself, the love of land, and all things that come from it.


2- Respect.

‘Due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.’

In Aboriginal lore humans are on an equal footing with nature; are part of nature and are morally obligated to treat animals, plants and land-forms with respect. The Aboriginal child from an early age, is taught to respect all living and natural things borne from Mother Earth. At the point of birth, they inherit family, skin and clan totems.  A totem is a natural object, plant or animal that is inherited by members of a clan or family as their spiritual emblem. It defines a person’s role and responsibility, and his/her relationship with others and creation. The totem bearer is responsible for the physical well-being of his/her totem to ensure its continuation. They pay homage to the spirit of their totem by painting about it and recreating it in their ceremonies through song and dance.

Waradah Aboriginal Dancers with their Totems displayed by body paint designs.

3- Humility.

‘The quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance.’

Closely related to the first two lore, Aboriginal people are taught that no one person has a greater significance than another; that the men who hunt are equal to the women who tend to the camp. Everyone’s knowledge is of value and on equal footing to others. From the most knowledgeable elder to the youngest child, their opinion and knowledge is considered and valued. It’s being open and humble to accept new knowledge at whatever age, no matter where the source or how old the bearer of the knowledge may be.


Our aim at Waradah Aboriginal Centre is to provide an educational and entertaining cultural experience. As part of our domestic and International Student and VIP Packages, our Aboriginal tutors offer cultural talks where Aboriginal spirituality, core values and way of life is discussed in an interactive and informative presentation.

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