Explaining the Dreamtime

The Dreamtime is the past, present and future. It reaches back to the deeds of creative ancestors whose actions at various places filled the earth with the life forms we see today. They created languages and ceremonies, taught Aboriginal people the proper way to live with kin, and attributed ongoing custodianship of the land to local groups sometimes called “tribes” or “nations.” They also left rich traditions of ritual, dance, music, art and stories that continue to inform contemporary Indigenous expression in the visual and performing arts.

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