“Dreamtime” plays a special role in Aboriginal culture.
Essentially, the term Dreamtime does not really match what is called “Tjurkurrpa”, “Altjeringa” or “Palaneri” in the local Aboriginal languages. Rather, the terms reflect the “time of creation” and represent the spiritual, natural, and moral order in the cosmos.
The “time of creation” describes the emergence of all things and thus the land, its animals and the people part of the endless dream time. The Dreamtime for the Aborigines was long ago and is both in the here and now as well as tomorrow. The Dreamtime exists beyond real time and is inhabited by spirits. Life is only possible if it has arisen from the connection to the Dreamtime. The Aborigines continue the Dreamtime in many rites, ceremonies and through the Dreamtime stories: the stories of the ancestors passed down verbally from generation to generation.
The three worlds of the Aborigines
For the Aborigines, three worlds are important for their understanding of culture: the world of the unborn, the world of the living, and the world of the dead. These three worlds are interconnected. According to the Aborigines, it is also important that the woman is born from nature and the man must be shaped by culture.
The connection of the sacred world, the physical world and the human world also plays an important role in their culture. Australia is criss-crossed by a system of dream paths. While some are only a few kilometers long, many stretch across the continent and therefore across different tribal areas. The dream paths or songlines symbolize the paths of the creative ancestors across the land. They document and preserve the deeds of the ancestors in songs, dances, stories and also in rock paintings from time to time.
Tailor-made dream trips
In our opinion, you can’t skip the Aborigines tours from your perfect dream holiday in Australia!
Personal encounters between you as a guest and the local Aborigines are greatly important to us. To achieve these encounters we maintain a very warm and personal contact with many Aborigines Down Under. You will gain insight into their culture, learn more about storytelling and immerse yourself in the traditional knowledge of the tribes.
Corroboree & Festivals
A corroboree is a traditional ceremony, numerous of which are held annually in Australia. Many families gather to revive and continue to tell the millennia-old traditions and stories of their ancestors. Corroborees date back to the Dreamtime creation story. They also offer a deep insight into the unique culture of the indigenous people.
Some of these corroborees are only celebrated among the tribe members, but others you can experience up close as a guest. You can truly see how the culture is passed on from generation to generation through dance, language and art during these festivals. Cultural festivals help communities grow culturally, revitalize Aboriginal cultural expression, and support Aboriginal social and emotional well-being.
If you want to experience the life of the Aborigines, you have to get involved with their rules and idiosyncrasies!
One often hears from tours organized with Aborigines that they are “not punctual” or “unreliable”. As a guest, one should be aware that Aborigines are neither unpunctual nor unreliable on a whim. In the Aboriginal world, commitments to the tribe come first. Commitments could be rites to be performed when a relative has died, or even tribal elders to be driven to go shopping: these things have top priority. Anyone who gets involved with the Aborigines and their culture will be rewarded with exciting stories and experiences.
Experience an Aboriginal festival
We would like to recommend the Aboriginal festivals to our customers: These include the well-known “Laura Quinkan Dance Festival” in Cape York and the “Garma Festival” in Arnhem Land. But also the lesser-known ones, such as the “Karijini Experience” in Western Australia and “Parrtjima” in Alice Springs.
Be there when different Aboriginal tribes come together and pass on their tradition and culture through dance, song and storytelling.