Our Country Quotes

The land for Aboriginal people

Burns Beach, Perth, Western Australia

The land for Aboriginal people, is a vibrant, spiritual, landscape. It is peopled in spirit form by the ancestors who originated in the Dreaming, the creation period of time immemorial. The ancestor travelled the country, engaging in adventures which created people, the natural features of the land and established the code of life, which we today call ‘the Dreaming’ or ‘the Law’. The Law has passed on through countless generations of people remembrance and celebration of the sites which were scenes of ancestral exploits. Song, dance, rock and sand painting, special languages and oral explanations of the myths encoded in these essentially religious art forms have been the media of the Law to the present day. (c) Marcia Langton