Bridigine College

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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

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/indigenous


Australian Aboriginal Mythology
Contains a list of words and explanation of elements of the dreamtime.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Aboriginal_mythology

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.
http://www.dreamtime.net.au

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.
http://www.dreamtime.net.au/indigenous/spirituality.cfm

 

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

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/stories/s790117.htm

 

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.
http://www.admarkeducation.com/spir.htm

 

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.
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/spirituality

 

The Dreaming – what is it?

http://www.aboriginal-art.com/arn_pages/dreamings.html

 

The Dreaming – a description

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/indigenous/dreamtime

The Dreamtime

http://www.aboriginalart.com.au/culture/dreamtime2.html
Religion and Ceremony
http://www.aboriginalart.com.au/culture/religion.html

Aboriginal Dreamtime and its stories
http://www.didgeridoos.net.au/dreamtime%20stories/Index%20dreamtime%20stories.html

 

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.
http://indigenousaustralia.frogandtoad.com.au/story.html

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

http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVLPages/AborigPages/Art.html

 

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

http://aboriginalart.com.au/culture/religion.html

 

Religion ceremonies

http://aboriginalart.com.au/culture/religion.html


Dreamings and culture

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

http://www.walangari.com.au/dreaming.htm

 

Meeting Miriam Rose and aboriginality spirituality.

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

http://www.maristlaityaustralia.com/spirituality2/articles/miriam_aboriginal_spirituality.php

 

Gadi Mirrabooka. Australian Aboriginal stories. Also has a brief but succinct description of the dreamtime.
http://www.gadimirrabooka.com/gadi-mirrabooka.php

 

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.

http://www.oodgeroo.qut.edu.au/academic_resources/academicpape/tooobviousto.jsp

 

Signs from the Dreaming.

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

http://www.abc.net.au/arts/visual/stories/signs/default.htm

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.

http://www.abc.net.au/dustechoes

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

http://www.abc.net.au/message/dustechoes

 

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.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/aus/index.htm

Some myths and legends of the Australian Aborigine
http://www.sacred-texts.com/aus/mla/index.htm

This is a collection of Aboriginal folklore
http://www.sacred-texts.com/aus/peck/index.htm


Understanding country: Sacred Sites and Dreaming tracks. AUSTLII

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/IndigLRes/car/1993/1/7.html

 

Journey into the Dreamtime
http://www.aboriginal-art.com/journey.html

Australian Dreamtime
http://www.crystalinks.com/dreamtime.html

Indigenous Australia. Stories

http://www.dreamtime.net.au/dreaming/storylist.htm

Australian Aboriginals. History. Scroll down to the headings “Spiritual”, “Lore” “Caves” “Sharman”
http://www.crystalinks.com/aboriginals.html

 

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

http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/culture/culture.php


The Artists. Aboriginal art. Profiles of some indigenous artists

http://www.aboriginalartshop.com/artists.html

 

Aboriginal Art on line

http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/art/rockage.php

Indigenous art. National Gallery

http://nga.gov.au/ATSIArt/Index.cfm

 

World of Dreamings

http://nga.gov.au/Dreaming/Index.cfm?Refrnc=ArtistBiogs

Aboriginal fine arts gallery

http://www.aaia.com.au

 

Aboriginal art directory

http://www.aboriginalartdirectory.com

Traditional aboriginal music. Aboriginal Australian art and culture

http://aboriginalart.com.au/didgeridoo/dig_intro.html

 

Aboriginal ceremonies songs and dances

http://www.aboriginalartshop.com/aboriginal-art-aboriginal-ceromonies.html


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aboriginal Sacred Sites

http://www.aboriginal-art.com/sacred_sites_pages/sacred_sites_slides.html

Australian Sacred Sites
http://www.crystalinks.com/aussacredsites.html

Places of peace and power
http://www.sacredsites.com/asia/australia/Uluru.html

Uluru and Kata-Tjuta. Sacred Land Film Project
http://www.sacredland.org/world_sites_pages/Uluru.html

 

Aboriginal Art Culture and Spirituality

http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVLPages/AborigPages/Art.html

Aboriginal Art prints

http://www.aboriginalartprints.com.au/index.cfm?CFID=1403518&CFTOKEN=62509256