In Jarvis Bay, NSW, Trish and I took the “One Track” Aboriginal Dream Time Walk. Australians call most of nature “the bush.” This was a track In the bush. It is a great opportunity to see plants, trees and birds that cannot be seen outside of Australia.
The “One Track” walk was completed by Aboriginal artists to provide drawings and words outlining their history. These painted carvings are situated throughout the walk. It is intended to give Australians and tourists an opportunity to look at culture as seen through the eyes of an indigenous culture. It is history as seen by many aborigines.
When Two Cultures Clash
When two cultures meet, the best scenario would be – peace, tolerance, and sharing. However, history has provided numerous accounts of violence – intolerance – and a dominance of one culture over the other. Arrogance, arms and religion has caused pain and suffering. It is noteworthy, that individuals have shared cultures and helped to bridge the gap.
The first carvings illustrate that food was in abundance before the arrival of Europeans. The tribe worked together and no one went hungry. There was a one-ness of humans with creation. The snake that created the world also provided the animals and plants.
Hunting and Fishing
Woomeras (hunting spears) were multipurpose tools that could be fitted with a stone while they were green and stacking them in heaps until they ripened. Seed-grinding stones were larger and flatter than stones used to grind other plants. cutting tool or an axe-like attachment. If you had a good woomera, you could hunt, chop firewood, cut down branches to make a shelter or chop up meat.
It was lightweight and easy to carry around, which was really important in a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Aborigines had boomerangs to suit different purposes. For instance, in desert areas, heavy wood from the mulga tree was used to make boomerangs for hunting kangaroos, whereas lighter boomerangs were made on the New South Wales coast from mangrove trees, where they were used for duck hunting.
Fishing hooks were made from shells and fishing lines from animal hair and the inner bark of trees.
Two Cultures – One Country
Australia and other countries that took away indigenous culture and lands have tried to make amends. The “One Track” is a reminder that although there are two cultures – there is one human track of reconciliation. In Australia and other countries, children learn about the original people.
As we walked, we learned and as we learned, we applauded the ingenuity of the first Australian people. We noted the campfires where parents handed on the Dream Time stories of Creation and the myths of great heroes.
We said a “thank you” to the ancestors for their knowledge and for letting us appreciate the beauty of Australia.
paula and trish