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The Dreaming is a term that refers to all that is known and all that is understood by Aboriginal people It is central to the existence of traditional Aboriginal people and their lifestyle and culture for it determines their values and beliefs and their relationships with every living creature and every feature of the landscape It is the way Aboriginal people explain the beginning of life and how everything in their world came into being It tells of the journeys and the deeds of Spirit Ancestors who made the trees rocks waterholes and rivers mountains and stars as well as the animals and plants and whose spirits inhabit these features of the natural world today It is the natural world that provides the link between the people and the Dreaming especially the land or country to which a person belongs Aboriginal people see themselves as related to and apart of this natural world and know its features in intricate detail This relationship to the natural world carries responsibilities for its survival and continuity so that each person has special obligations to protect and preserve the spirit of the land and the life forms that are a part of it These obligations may take the form of conservation practices obeying the law observing codes of behaviour or involvement in sacred ceremonial activities The influence of the Dreaming is embedded in every aspect of daily life The Dreaming permeates song dance storytelling paintings artefact making hunting and food gathering activities as well as the social kinship system because it provides the framework within which Aborigines live An example of the importance of dreaming can bee seen through this language group The Krantji Kangaroo clan northern Aranda Aboriginal people They trace their spiritual lineage to the red kangaroo - this is their totem To them the powerful kangaroo is a beloved ancestor shaper of the landscape an immortal being of that timeless instructive and never-ending epoch of creation
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