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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