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Religious Education Year 11

Aboriginal Spirituality


We don't own the land, the land owns us. The land is my mother, my mother is the land. Land is the starting point to where it all began. It's like picking up a piece of dirt and saying this is where I started and this is where I'll go. The land is our food, our culture, our spirit and identity.
—S. Knight




Maori and North American Indigenous Peoples

Book Resources


Search under the term “Aboriginal peoples –spirituality”

Shelf nos. are 291 – comparative religion

                   298 – religion of indigenous people of Australia

And in the general history no of 994


Online Databases


Encyclopaedia Britannica

Search for “Australian Aborigine” “Religion”

No password is needed within the College network


World Wide Web Resources


Australian Indigenous cultural heritage

Australian Aboriginal Mythology
Contains a list of words and explanation of elements of the dreamtime.

Indigenous Australian. Australian Museum

Storytelling is an integral part of life for Indigenous Australians. The stories help to explain how the land came to be shaped and inhabited; how to behave and why; where to find certain foods, etc.

Indigenous Australia: Spirituality

Aboriginal spirituality mainly derives from the stories of the Dreaming, while Torres Strait Islander spirituality draws upon the stories of the Tagai.


Indigenous Traditions.
Religion and Ethics. ABC

It is misleading to try to separate Australian indigenous religious experience from other aspects of their life, culture and history.

This site makes reference to the history,  key beliefs and key festivals that is their religion


Aboriginal spirituality
The Dreaming has different meanings for different Aboriginal people. It is a complex network of knowledge, faith and practices that derive from stories of creation, and which dominates all spiritual and physical aspects of Aboriginal life.


Aboriginal Indigenous Spirituality

The land is our food, our culture, our spirit and identity.
Outlines how aboriginal people express spirituality, their connection to the land and an explanation of the dreaming. It also explains what Aboriginal spirituality is not.


The Dreaming – what is it?


The Dreaming – a description

The Dreamtime
Religion and Ceremony

Aboriginal Dreamtime and its stories


Frog and Toad’s Indigenous Australia.

The Dreaming – an introduction.

Dreaming stories carry the truth from the past, together with the code for the Law, which operates in the present.

LINKS  Aboriginal Art, Culture and Spirituality:
Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library


Aboriginal Australian art and culture. Links to art, artists, culture and dreamtime symbols, religious practices and music


Religion ceremonies

Dreamings and culture

Aboriginal culture is a spiritual culture. This site features the symbols and icons of which Aboriginal art is based on.


Meeting Miriam Rose and aboriginality spirituality.

An account of Miriam Rose an aboriginal women, who describes aboriginal spirituality


Gadi Mirrabooka. Australian Aboriginal stories. Also has a brief but succinct description of the dreamtime.


Too Obvious to See: Aboriginal Spirituality and Cosmology Aboriginal Spirituality and Cosmology (Penny Tripcony, Manager, Oodgeroo Unit, Queensland University of Technology) (Paper initially presented at the National Conference of the Australian Association of Religious Education, September, 1996.)

Reflects on white people’s interpretation of the dreaming and the imposition of Christianity on Aboriginal dreaming.


Signs from the Dreaming.

Art is a product of their Dreaming. Through practising art - singing, dancing, sculpting, painting - Aboriginal people can access the Dreaming.

Dust Echoes. Ancient Stories, new voices

Dust Echoes is a series of twelve beautifully animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country and aboriginal custom and law.

ABC Indigenous web pages with links to tv/radio, arts and events.


Sacred Text archive.

these books were written by White Australians during the early twentieth century but it gives you an understanding of how Aboriginal people were viewed.

Some myths and legends of the Australian Aborigine

This is a collection of Aboriginal folklore

Understanding country: Sacred Sites and Dreaming tracks. AUSTLII


Journey into the Dreamtime

Australian Dreamtime

Indigenous Australia. Stories

Australian Aboriginals. History. Scroll down to the headings “Spiritual”, “Lore” “Caves” “Sharman”


Art, land and the dreaming. Looks at artists and their art, methods and materials

The Artists. Aboriginal art. Profiles of some indigenous artists


Aboriginal Art on line

Indigenous art. National Gallery


World of Dreamings

Aboriginal fine arts gallery


Aboriginal art directory

Traditional aboriginal music. Aboriginal Australian art and culture


Aboriginal ceremonies songs and dances








Aboriginal Sacred Sites

Australian Sacred Sites

Places of peace and power

Uluru and Kata-Tjuta. Sacred Land Film Project


Aboriginal Art Culture and Spirituality

Aboriginal Art prints