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Video Brolga

TLF ID M021485

In 'Brolga' we explore the importance and meaning of a 'dreaming-body' to Indigenous Australians. The belief of the Aboriginal people is that there was a time where supernatural beings roamed the face of the earth. Many were like the animals we see around us today, like the kangaroo, emu, goanna and the king brown snake, to name a few. But back then, thousands of years ago, they were human-like. Some were even huge giant people. These beings travelled across the land with their songs, laws, ceremonies, stories and beliefs and eventually they changed into the native animals we see today. This is why all the native animals are sacred to Indigenous Australians, and this is why preservation of life and land is so important. The kangaroo, the snake, the emu or the barramundi may be one of our brothers, fathers, sisters or mothers because the spirit of our ancestors lives and communicates through these creatures. Everyone has a dreaming-body. These dreaming-bodies are the beings that lived many thousands of years ago. Everyone has knowledge of who their dreaming-body is. A dreaming-body can be described as having dreaming 'parents'.

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4; 5; 6; 7; 8

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  • Humanities and social sciences

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  • Name: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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