Other Places, Other Times- Aboriginal Dreamtime Creation story

Introduction

Read the below statement before commencing the task. 

Art is a central part of Aboriginal life and is intimately connected to land and law. To understand Aboriginal law, culture and a relationship to the physical and spiritual world, you must begin with land. Everything about aboriginal society is inextricably woven with, and connected to, land.

The Dreamtime is the Aboriginal understanding of the world, of its creation, and its great stories. The Dreamtime is the beginning of knowledge, from which came the laws of existence. For survival these laws must be observed.

Dreamtime painting by Norbett Lynch
 

 

Task

The Dreamtime is a widely used, but not well understood, term describing key aspects of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and life. 

Read an Aboriginal Dreamtime story of your choice and answer a number of questions based on your own understanding of Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and culture. 

This activity can be completed individually or with a partner. 

Process

1. Visit http://dreamtime.net.au/dreaming/story-list/

2. Choose between the two Dreamtime stories at the top of the page. The Rainbow Serpent or Tiddalick the Frog. Read one of the Dreamtime stories. 

3. After you have read the story, write a summary (3-4 sentences) about the story. 

4. Answer the following questions in your work book. 

  • 1. What does the story help us understand about aspects of Aboriginal traditional life and society? Think about Food, work, family, friendships, Laws and rules, religious and spiritual beliefs etc. 
  • 2. How does this story differ to the stories you are used to reading in westernised society? 
  • 3. Do you think the story has any relevance to your life today? Think about the key themes and ideas that the story is conveying. Aboriginal Dreamtime stories always have a hidden message/lesson. 

 

Conclusion

Once you have completed your answers, you will be asked to share some of your answers with the class.

Have your answers ready!