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“ In ritual performance, the unity of persons is effected through musical expression, wherein the body is an important musical instrument that helps to create a feeling about the motion of sounds in space, and understanding of a particular sense of time and of the most intense expression of life itself, which is the experience – however transient – that one indeed is a powerful being.”
Source: Ellen Basso. The Kalapalo Indians of Central Brazil (Waveland Press, 1988).
Emu Dreaming: Walbiri Sacred History http://www.pawmedia.com.au/video/walyka-emu-dreaming-5
Emu Dreaming (Walbiri) This one that came along is called Emu Dreaming From a place called Wawurrawurrpa It came along and stopped along the way at Emu Bore Yeah those mob, those emus It came along to a place called Kurntarni And that’s where they’re staying Then they came to this place called Walyka. Over there and you can see their footprints there And then they went Eastwards to Ngarna They stayed there for a little while And that’s when they decided To call themselves Anmatjere They kept on going East Through to Yarluyungu Yeah, all those emus Then they went underground And went back west to Wawurrwarrpa They left some of them back there That belongs to my father’s side Yeah that’s the one that came That Jangala he went there and brought them back from the East Napangardi is a guardian And Nakamarra and two Napanangkas And me I’m the keeper Along with my Nangala
A “bicycle-wheel” or “sunburst” petroglyph at Sturts Meadows, NSW. While this may represent the sun, or perhaps even a supernova, there is no additional information to support these interpretations, and so any interpretation remains speculative.
myth of origin, Changing Women, Blessingway Ceremony)
Navajo Sacred Places Source: Peter Nabokov. Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places (New York: Penguin, 2006).
Navajo Sacred Places Source: Peter Nabokov. Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places (New York: Penguin, 2006). • White Shell Peak in the east, Mount Blanca, Colorado, is associated with the dawn; • Blue Turquoise Mountain to the south, Mount Tailor, New Mexico, signals the sky; • Yellow Abalone Shell Mountain in the west, San Francisco Peak, Arizona, connotes twilight; and • Darkness belongs to Black Coal Mountain on the northern periphery, Mount Hesperus, Colorado
Navajo Sacred Places Source: Peter Nabokov. Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places (New York: Penguin, 2006). Blessingway Ceremony: return everyone to an intimacy with the Holy People and their harmonious ways