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Aboriginal dreamtime stage 1


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Aboriginal dreamtime stage 1

  1. 1. Aboriginal Dreamtime Dreamtime - from the time of the origin or the beginning. The land owns us; we don’t own the land. The land owns us; we don’t own the land. We are part of the land. From the time we are children we learn the songs and stories about the land. For thousands of years, these songs and stories have been part of the people’s oral tradition and beliefs. Aboriginal Dreamtime19/09/2012 Carolyn Cavell 1
  2. 2. The Rainbow Serpent Any story about our people and our land must begin many thousands of years ago. That was when the great Creator Biame put the sun in the sky and made the fish, birds, animals and our ancestors. Biame continues to guide us spiritually and in our daily life.There was another visitor to Australia in those early days — thegreat Rainbow Serpent. She created the riverbeds, valleys, hills andmountains by threading her strong muscular body over our virginplains.Rainwater gathered in the hollows and furrows, becoming riversand lakes. Rich vegetation grew around the waterholes and ourpeople and the animals flourished. Across the continent we traced,cut and painted the image of the Rainbow Serpent in the sand, onrocks and bark and in caves. 2
  3. 3. FROGFrogs live in wet habitats from the mountainsto the coast, usually in shallow water, such assuburban fish ponds.Their sound is like: crick-crick-crick. 3
  4. 4. WOMBATWombats are amongst the world’s largestburrowing animals. They are equipped withpowerful limbs, short broad feet and flattenedclaws. Wombats are primarily grazers and theircontinuously growing incisors work as efficientcutters of grass and forbs. 4
  5. 5. KOOKABURRAThe chuckling voice that gives this species itsname is a common and familiar soundthroughout the birds range. The loud koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-kaa-kaa-kaa is often sung ina chorus with other individuals. Kookaburraspair for life. 5
  6. 6. LIZARDBlue-tongues are not very agile and theanimals they eat are mostly slow-moving.When threatened, they open their mouthwide and stick out their broad blue tongue . Ifthe threat does not go away, blue-tongues mayhiss and flatten out the body, makingthemselves look bigger. A frightened blue-tongue may bite if it is picked up. 6
  7. 7. EMUThe Emu is Australias tallest native bird. Theirwings are greatly reduced, but the legs arelong and powerful. Emus are not really social,except for young birds, which stay with theirfather.CommunicationBooming, drumming and grunting. Booming iscreated in an inflatable neck sac, and can beheard up to 2 km away. 7
  8. 8. EELThey live in the murky streams and pondsfeeding mainly on fish, but also amphibiansand even birds and small mammals. As air-breathers, they must come to the surfacefrequently. They also have poor eyesight, butcan emit a low-level charge. 8
  9. 9. ABORIGINAL BOYAborigine - a member of the cultural group ofpeople who were the original inhabitants ofAustralia.The Aborigines have painted on walls of rockfor at least a century.They also paint on themselves as a part oftheir creative expression. 9
  10. 10. ABORIGINAL ELDERSAboriginal Elders are wise and arerespected by all.Aboriginal religion (totenism) describesthe linking of humans, nature, and thegods.The spirit of the species is believed toflow from the spirit world into thephysical world at a particular site withinthe sanctuary. The species is honouredthrough song, rhythm, and dance. 10
  11. 11. VOCABULARLYMIMETo act using only movements and gestures. The events of this distant time have beenpassed down in the oral tradition of folklore and are still enacted in ceremonies thatinclude dance in mime form to the accompaniment of clap sticks.ORAL TRADITIONThrough the spoken word or verbal. There is early evidence from the 18th century thatAboriginal families were creating paintings for use in rituals and oral traditions.MYTHAn ancient story dealing with gods and heroes. They are the subjects of the Dreamtimemyths and legends. 11