“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been living in Australia for more than 40,000 years. Aborigines’ connections with the land, waterways and skies are very old.”
“Dreaming stories pass on important knowledge and culture through families. Through song, dance, painting and storytelling, which express the dreaming stories, Aboriginal People have kept a link with the Dreaming from ancient times to today, keeping these connections alive.”
“In most stories of the Dreaming, the Ancestor Spirits came to the earth in human form and, as they moved through the land, they created the animals, plants, rocks and other forms of the land that we know today. They also created the connections between groups and individuals to the land, the animals and other people.”
“Once the ancestor spirits had created the world, they changed into trees, the stars, rocks, watering holes or other objects. These are the sacred places of Aboriginal culture and have special properties. Because the ancestors did not disappear at the end of the Dreaming, but remained in these sacred sites, the Dreaming is never-ending, linking the past and the present, the people and the land".
Can you think of any stories your parents or grandparents may have told you about your family’s past?
Are there any bedtime stories your parents read to you that may have been read to them when they were children?
Are there any songs your family sings that they knew taught as children?
Connections to the Land – The Rainbow Serpent created the land formations and animals (those people who turned into animals through their fear of the Rainbow Serpent) o Connections to the Sky – The shooting star is the eye of the Rainbow Serpent, which keeps a watchful eye over the land, the rainbow lorikeets that fly in the sky o Connections to the Sea and Waterways – The sea resting place of the Rainbow Serpent. “Today, we looked at the Aboriginal connections to the land, air and sea.” Raise