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Belonging To Country
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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.
Crown Land
Topic
 
colonisation, doctrine of tenure, indigenous Australians, International law, native title, New South Wales, sovereignty, terra nullius
Sea Totems
Topic
 
Mer, Meriam culture, sacred, sea claims, sea rights, totems, tribes
The past
Text
 
cultural preservation, culture, language, lyrics, Noonuccal, Oodgeroo
Indigenous People & Their Land
Topic
 
custom, indigenous people, land ownership, land rights, land use, sacred
Dreaming Creatures
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
Topic
 
indigenous people, Mabo judgement, native title
Emu Song - Millingimbi
Audio
1963
cultural preservation, culture, Millingimbi, Northern Territory, songs
...hospitality and open-handedness...
Text
 
anthropology, Arnhem Land, coexistence, Hiatt, Les, land ownership, Northern Territory, Roberts, Silas
...Political responsibility...
Text
 
anthropology, dreamings, land boundaries, land ownership
Cultural Diversity & Common Identity
Topic
 
aborigines, fishing, hunting, land ownership, land use
Science & Indigenous Australians
Topic
1960s-
anthropology, Eyre, Edward John, land rights
A Sacred Landscape
Topic
 
aboriginal property ownership, anthropology, Australia, clans, dispossession, kinship, land ownership, religion, sacred
Gelam
Topic
 
Meriam culture, Meriam Mer, Murray Island, myths
Dispossession
Topic
 
colonisation, dispossession
Native Title & Indigenous Law
Topic
 
aboriginal law, Malo's laws, native title, Native Title Act (1993), sacred
Performance, Art & The Sacred
Topic
 
Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Mer, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Something Deep Within Us
Topic
 
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sacred, sea rights, seafarers