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Title: Aboriginal%20Spirituality


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Aboriginal Spirituality
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Learning Goals
  • Understand the Origins of Aboriginal Spirituality
  • Understand the importance of creation stories and
    storytellers to the Aboriginal people
  • Know where Aboriginals of today reside

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Origins
  • No single founder.
  • Two theories of Aboriginal origin/history in the
    Americas
  • They came out of this ground, meaning they were
    here before any record.
  • They migrated from Asia to North and South
    America by crossing a land bridge over the Bering
    Strait (between Alaska and Russia) 35000 years
    ago.

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Origins
  • Archaeologists have found Aboriginal artefacts
    dating
  • back beyond 10 000 years.
  • Including wampum (beaded belts), animal paintings
    on rocks, bones representing burial rites, and
    wooden carvings.

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Creation Stories
  • Creation stories are important
  • vehicles for conveying Aboriginal beliefs
  • Often oral.
  • Offers a response to questions
  • of existence
  • Why certain things in the environment are the way
    they are
  • Where do we come from?
  • Where do we go when we die?

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Storytelling
  • Traditional Aboriginal storytellers had to earn
    the right to be a storyteller.
  • They were important in teaching and in preserving
    the history of the group.

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Creation Stories
  • Australian Creation Story
  • Ojibway Creation Story

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Aboriginal Spirituality Around the World
  • Huge diversity of Aboriginal spirituality.
  • Indigenous peoples live in every area of the
    globe.
  • 80 of worlds 300 million Aboriginal peoples
    live in Asia.
  • 13 in North and South America.
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