Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

16 07 2012

Minyirr (Gantheaume Point), Broome. Western Australia

The Dreaming is a term used by Australian Aboriginal people to describe the relationship and balance between the spiritual, natural and moral elements of the world.  It is an english word but it doesn’t mean a dream-like state.  The Dreaming relates to a time when the creator ancestors formed the features of the land and all living things.  The Dreaming provides answers to the origins of the universe and the place of all living things within it.  There is a strong connection to the land, or to ‘country’ and the seasons of nature.

Minyirr (Gantheaume Point), Broome. Western Australia

Broome is the name given to the town in the ancient area of Minyirr.  The Goolarabooloo people belong to the area and are closely connected to country through the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail which runs north along the coast.  These photos are from a trip we took a couple of years ago.  At sunrise we ventured out (before the heat set in) and went to Minyirr (Gantheaume Point).  You can see the rich red cliffs (Yaniyarri) contrasting against the edge of the ocean where the songcycles originated.  It was a beautiful and peaceful experience.  I have never witnessed such rich, earthy tones as this.  The array of colours was amazing and became deeper in colour as the sun rose and brought her warmth, almost waking up the colours.  It is so strange to see the vibrant ochre make way for the white sand of the ocean and be met by the turquoise water.  The Dreaming – a fascinating place.

Minyirr (Gantheaume Point), Broome. Western Australia

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17 responses

16 07 2012
Indira

Very, very beautiful.

16 07 2012
LonelyTravelog

Beautiful place indeed 🙂

16 07 2012
csroth3

Great photos, and thanks for sharing the Aboriginal understanding of The Dreaming. My dream is to get back to AU and visit such places as this!

18 07 2012
Louise

It’s well worth it for the natural surroundings, really beautiful. I hope you get to see it someday.

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18 07 2012
The Retiring Sort

Wonderful post – and the colors are lovely!

18 07 2012
Louise

The colours in these photos don’t do it justice. The earth is rich, warm, deep in colour and the light transforms it.

18 07 2012
Vanessa T.

This photo set is really beautiful! I would love to visit this place one day 😀

19 07 2012
Madhu

Incredible natural beauty! Is there an aboriginal word for dreaming?

19 07 2012
Louise

I don’t know Madhu! There is the Dreaming and the Dreamtime, which are similar but different. Dreamtime can mean an ancient time which recalls the time of the creator and stories of spirits, whereas Dreaming can be a personal story and is happening in the present – a continuous and personal connection to country (wonderful eh?). It’s complex and rich and I haven’t explained that well. Aboriginal people use these terms (in english) but I imagine that there are definitely aboriginal names for the dreaming itself. Much of that is very sacred and some stories are ‘mens business’ or ‘womens business’ too.

19 07 2012
eof737

I love these rock formations… Gorgeous. 😉

20 07 2012
Paula

It is a dreamy landscape indeed 😉

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20 07 2012
hanginoutwithGod

I enjoyed these pictures so much. The beauty is astounding.

21 07 2012
dadirri7

such a lovely post Louise, and a good explanation of the Dreaming, with your amazing pictures ….. we live on a Dreaming Track … they are such special places 🙂

21 07 2012
Louise

Wow!! No wonder you’re place is so peaceful and there is good energy around.

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