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Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures Art and storytelling

Poornarti Aboriginal Tours, Western Australia

Dreamtime stories link up to the sky, the land, the country, the animals, the people and totems. That’s how and why we are so strongly connected to the land because it goes right back to an ancestral time. The Dreamtime and the Dreaming stories keep us knowing and having that powerful respect for the land.

There is no such thing as time. Time is something that we’ve made up for our life, for industry, for being on time for work. Ngujakura is our preferred term for creation, the beginning, when everything came to be. Once we were created [these] stories were passed on to where we are now… They give us everything.

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Warwick Thornton © Tourism Australia

We're an awesome country, and we have an awesome story to tell. Technology just keeps changing, but the concept of storytelling doesn't.

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