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Aboriginal Dreamtime


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Title: Aboriginal Dreamtime

Aboriginal Dreamtime
Resource to accompany scheme of work from TD
Autumn 1 10/11
  • An introduction
  • Year 12 IB Theatre Arts

Defining the dreamtime
  • All things began with it
  • It continues to co-exist with our now time
  • It is all things past, present and future
  • It is sacred
  • It is the time before time
  • It is the time outside time
  • It is the time of creation of all things

What it means to indigenous people
  • Belief system
  • Moral teaching
  • Spiritual code
  • Making sense of the world
  • They belong to the dreamtime
  • History and tradition
  • Identity often linked to animals and plants

The connection with the land
  • One belief was that, before animals, humans and
    plants were created, there were souls who knew
    that they would become physical, but did not know
  • When the time was right, they all said we
    will do our very best to try to help the one that
    takes care of us all. Then they all became
    animals or plants. The last soul became the
  • That is why aboriginals all respect the
    environment and want to be at one with nature
    because they are their friends.

The purpose of dreamtime stories
  • To explain the world how the birds got their
    colour how the tortoise lost its tale how the
    black snake became poisonous.
  • To teach where the water holes are, how to
    navigate using the stars.
  • To connect with their totemic ancestors

Links to western culture
  • Bible stories
  • Aesops fables
  • Fairy tales
  • Grimm tales
  • Creationism

Fundamental differences
  • The myths are real
  • Dreams and real life co-exist

Performance elements
  • Initiation/ritual
  • Meme passing down
  • Motif
  • Songs/soundscape
  • Dances
  • Poetry
  • Paintings and sculpture

Dreamtime as theatre
  • Total theatre music, image, word
  • Storytelling tradition
  • Evolves as art evolves
  • Communal
  • Social function
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