The Significance of Land to the Dreaming for Aboriginal People and the Impact of the Land Rights Movement

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“When you sit in your own country, your spirits lift and you are again truly back to the land where things make sense and your life has meaning” – Galarruy Yunupingu. Hello and welcome to ST Leo’s justice group my name is charbel saliba and I will be talking to you about aboriginal dreaming and land rights. The quote I said earlier was a spiritual view of life based on the dreaming which cannot be separated from the land; that is why the aboriginal people’s connection towards the land is inexorable. The two are intertwined; to separate them would be impossible, one would not work without the other thus they are just as important. The land is used as a physical link between human beings and all that is unseen and eternal. It creates a place for the aboriginal people to express themselves through ceremonies and rituals; this helps the aboriginal people connect to their spiritual core beliefs. We must remember that the dreaming is past, present and goes on onto the future, dreaming is continues and never ending. Dreaming stories contain vital information containing different things such as gathering food, the making of tools, where clays and ochres can be found, landscape and how it evolved, reasons for ceremonies and how ceremonies are to carried out and the reasons for laws and morals. The dreaming is a form of spirituality for aboriginal people; it tells them how to treasure the land and about its vitality. In aboriginal spirituality the physical features of our surroundings and how they came to be are explained through dreaming. Dreaming also explains how aboriginal people are to utilize their lives at present and how the world can be reserved. A segment of the dreaming tells us that the ancestral beings are resting in the land; the hills, rocks and rivers in animals, birds and people. This adds to why the land must be respected and cherished; in turn of proving the importance of dreaming. Dispossession is the process of the removal of a person or group from...
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