I see it everyday and it can stop. The Dreaming contains information about sacred sites and objects, rites, spiritual connections, kinship, ceremonies and the land. We were taught that our word was to be our bond, and that prevails. The level of linguistic diversity and the variety of unique clans are a result of the sheer size of Australia and the spectrum of different environments. This is the Indian theory of existence. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy. Nobody should be homeless in this land, and yet there is an incredible amount of homeless people.
We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son. Because of the aboriginal Dreaming and spirituality having such important links and dependency on the land, specifically certain sacred sites and areas relating to kinship groups and totems, the ability for a constant state of the land and the indigenous peoples ability to access these certain areas and sacred sites is extremely crucial in maintaining the aboriginal spirituality within Australia as well as maintaining the connections within kinship groups to allow for the transfer of culture and tradition through the stories told by elders of the Dreaming. It is our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Tomorrow may be overcast with clouds. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future. Black Elk 1863 - 1950 All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.
I would raise him to be an Indian. I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy, Myself. Chief Seattle, 1854 The True Peace The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka the Great Spirit , and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This separated Aboriginals from their spirituality, without the connection to their land and people, the dreaming could not be passed on down generations and today, it has almost ceased it completely. Kinship systems determine laws that govern daily aboriginal life while also fixing clan issues. These human rights must be capable of being enjoyed otherwise they are empty gestures. The April winds are magical And thrill our tuneful frames; The garden walks are passional To bachelors and dames.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. This irrational fear of contextualization of what, at least, we now know to perceive it as caused this severance, and Aboriginal dreaming, being reliant upon the language of its people, could no longer be continued both for fear of punishment by Christian and Catholic religious practitioners and because the vast Aboriginal language with its extensive dialects was fast forgotten and lost in the tragic past which is Australia. Our bible is the wind. Aboriginal spirituality is the most important of Aboriginal culture, and in the 19 century when the British settlers abducted aboriginal children they were unaware of the spiritual damage they were doing to the children. There is a negative side to recognition given by the white Australian community, an example of this is the welfare given out to Indigenous Australians. Before white invasion, roughly 250 unique dialects were spoken by approximately the same amount of Aboriginal groupings.
Stand fast and remain united and all will soon be well. Source D suggests that the removal was severe in restricting the welfare for aboriginal children in abusive households. Aboriginal Spirituality has a large focus on the land, and by taking the land away, the Europeans have caused great damage towards the Aboriginal people. As suggested above, it is essential that all four sources are linked in with Aboriginal spirituality. What lead the lose of spiritually and identity of the Aboriginal. That was before the time of Roman Empire and the Egyptian pyramids.
Native American Elder Lakota Instructions for Living Friend do it this way - that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and mind. Western society had the perceptions that Aboriginal children were being neglected and abused by their families and that it was beneficial to remove them from the parents, assimilating them into white society. The Great Spirit is in all things: He is in the air we breathe. I will use the title you have honoured me with to bring the Australian people together. Aboriginal spirituality and the Dreaming have suffered since 1770, when Captain Cook landed and British colonisation began. For Indigenous, this meant separation from Kinship groups and their land which made up all meaning within their life.
However since European migration to Australia, the aboriginals have had their spirituality stripped from them. Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky. Black Elk 1863 - 1950 Oglala Lakota Peace will come to the hearts of men when they realize their oneness with the universe, it is everywhere. The babe by its mother Lies bathed in joy Glide its hours uncounted The sun is its toy Shines the peace of all being Without cloud, in its eyes And the sum of the world In soft miniature lies. These issues have caused a loss of culture and identity within the indigenous population. Chief Dan George Hold On Hold on to what is good, Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe, Even if it's a tree that stands by itself. To conclude Indigenous children were separated from their meaning for life so the British could enforce their views upon them for the better and wealth of a British Colony. Aboriginal spirituality is the biggest part of aboriginal life. We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good. How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The deep feeling of loss impacts many Aboriginals today as they feel a lack of connection and knowledge of their tribal culture.
We must begin with ourselves. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men. When I was younger I was always referred to as an Aboriginal tennis player. The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place. The main factors that have led to the loss of Aboriginal spirituality have been the loss of native language, the loss of traditional lands and the stolen generation. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations.
Aboriginal children between 1900s and 1970s were forcibly removed from homes by government officials. Tell your people that, since we were promised we should never be moved, we have been moved five times. With the fast and overwhelming development of a white colony along the East coast of Australia, a large influence on the Aboriginal culture was inevitable. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. Perhaps you have noticed that even in the slightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cotton tree; this we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things and all beings pray to Him continually in different ways. I always told you that not having enough sunshine was what ailed the world. Walk in balance and beauty.