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Why "Home of the Dreamtime"?

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Waarom "Home of the Dreamtime"?


Well, gidday, gidday, all you earth fullas. Come, sit down…

I see you come into sacred place of my tribe to get the strength of the Earth Mother…

We are different, you and me. We say the earth is our mother - we cannot own her, she owns us.

These rocks are alive with her spirit. They protect us, all of us.

Since the Alcheringa, that thing you fullas call Dreamtime, this place has given man shelter from the heat, a place to paint, to dance the sacred dance and talk to his spirit. How does one repay such gifts?

By protecting the land.

This land is the home of the Dreamtime.

The spirits came and painted themselves on these walls so that man could meet here, grow strong again and take this strength back into the world.

First there is Dooruk, the emu, with the dust of the red Mother Earth on his feet. He come to remind us to protect the land, to always put back as much as we take.

Then there is Kopoo, the big red kangaroo, the very colour of the land. He come to remind us to always take time for ourselves.

And Mungoongarlie, the goanna, last of all because his legs are short. He bring the news that we, his children, are forgetting to give time to each other.

But the animals of the Earth Mother come to say more than this. They come to say that our creator, that Rainbow Serpent, she get weak with anger and grief for what we are doing to this earth.

Take time you earth fullas. Let the spirit of this mighty land touch you as it touches my people.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal


Citaat uit: "Rainbow Serpent", Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1988)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal: Formerly Kath Walker. Born in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1920. Aboriginal artist, poet, author, educationalist and elder of the Noonuccal tribe of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), which is in Quandamooka (Moreton Bay) in Southern Queensland.
Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal: One of Oodgeroo Noonuccal's sons.
Gidday: A greeting widely used in Australia, at any time of day, to mean 'hello'.
Fullas: A colloquial way of referring to a group of men, but it has taken on a wider meaning, refering to all people, not just men.
Alcheringa: The creation of the universe, the time known to most people as the Dreamtime or the Dreaming.
Goanna: Very large lizard, such as the lace monitor lizard.
Rainbow Serpent: The mother of life to all Aboriginal tribes. She is the spirit responsible for the colour and shape of the land we live in.

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