Belonging To Country
The Indigenous people of Australia have a special connection with the land. This is established, and maintained, by dreamings, which bind the creatures that created the universe, the physical sites their spirits now occupy and the human beings they created to look after their world.
So, for aboriginal Australians, land and being can't be separated; they 'own' their land because they form part of it and are responsible for its upkeep.
The 'dreamings' are sung, as well as spoken, down through the generations and in the more remote parts of Australia, or where aboriginal communities have regrouped, tradition remains strong and indigenous culture thrives.
It's in these places that the dynamic of traditional aboriginal society can still be found. And that's an ethic of cooperation and sharing which is balanced by a competitive spirit based on local identity, communities of interest and strategic alliances.
colonisation, doctrine of tenure, indigenous Australians, International law, native title, New South Wales, sovereignty, terra nullius
Mer, Meriam culture, sacred, sea claims, sea rights, totems, tribes
cultural preservation, culture, language, lyrics, Noonuccal, Oodgeroo
Indigenous People & Their Land
custom, indigenous people, land ownership, land rights, land use, sacred
Image and Text
May, 12, 1976
cultural preservation, culture, custom, dreamtime, land ownership, Northern Territory, Ranger Uranium Mine, Roberts, Silas, Roper River
Indigenous Customary Law
indigenous people, Mabo judgement, native title
Emu Song - Millingimbi
cultural preservation, culture, Millingimbi, Northern Territory, songs
...hospitality and open-handedness...
anthropology, Arnhem Land, coexistence, Hiatt, Les, land ownership, Northern Territory, Roberts, Silas
anthropology, dreamings, land boundaries, land ownership
Cultural Diversity & Common Identity
aborigines, fishing, hunting, land ownership, land use
Science & Indigenous Australians
anthropology, Eyre, Edward John, land rights
A Sacred Landscape
aboriginal property ownership, anthropology, Australia, clans, dispossession, kinship, land ownership, religion, sacred
Meriam culture, Meriam Mer, Murray Island, myths
Native Title & Indigenous Law
aboriginal law, Malo's laws, native title, Native Title Act (1993), sacred
Performance, Art & The Sacred
Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Mer, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Something Deep Within Us
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sacred, sea rights, seafarers