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Published September 7th 2016
How Much Do You Know About the First Australians?
Songlines are the pathways that Aboriginal people, the first Australians, traveled and sang to share their cultural heritage, their creation narrative. Surf the net to explore this rich, deep culture and find more examples in stories, art, song and maps – its' really exciting and science has proven that these are the world's oldest memories.
There are 21 actual areas from all around Australia where shared songlines are verified accurate memories of the sea rising and making more islands and inlets along our coastline - published in the Australian Geographer Volume 47, Issue 1, 2016.
Traditionally they are recorded in oral language [more than 300], song, dance and ceremony – they can be mapped as they are dreaming tracks that share Aboriginal cultural knowledge. These creation stories define clans or groups and their responsibilities to the landscape, their country, animals and their laws; ceremonies and obligations that they have towards it and their sacred sites. It defines their kinship structure and provides a common ground to barter, paint, network, and some of these pathways are still evident marked by scared trees.
Brisbane has 23 recognised pathways - then there are so many sacred places like the Glass House Mountains, Uluru, the Olgas, the Three Sisters and many cave paintings all around Australia. The elders are respected and different people hold the songlines for their country and people.
You can read, hear, see or listen to this cultural richness that dates back more than ten thousand years. Try this one from Alex Bond as a good example?