9 episodes

Songlines are ancient energy lines that run between places, animals and people, criss-crossing the entire Australian continent. Far more than just navigational pathways, songlines contain vast amounts of knowledge and information in Aboriginal society. Come travel the multi-dimensional songlines and learn about the real history of Australia and the world's oldest continuing ancient culture.

Songlines of Australia Madonna Griffin

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 28 Ratings

Songlines are ancient energy lines that run between places, animals and people, criss-crossing the entire Australian continent. Far more than just navigational pathways, songlines contain vast amounts of knowledge and information in Aboriginal society. Come travel the multi-dimensional songlines and learn about the real history of Australia and the world's oldest continuing ancient culture.

    Jandamarra Cadd, Aboriginal Artist – “Beyond the Dots”

    Jandamarra Cadd, Aboriginal Artist – “Beyond the Dots”

    Renown Aboriginal artist, Jandamarra Cadd, shares the ancestral inspiration behind his incredible paintings, and invites us to look beyond the dots into the depth of the space between and the essence of reality.
    Jandamarra’s unique style of combining traditional Aboriginal dot painting with more contemporary portraiture creates a much-needed link between ancient knowledge and mainstream modern society.
    See SHOW NOTES PAGE for links to Jandamarra's website.
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    • 47 min
    Aunty Lauraine Barlow – “It’s all about Country”

    Aunty Lauraine Barlow – “It’s all about Country”

    Two little boys dancing for the first time on country at Buddabadoo in Far North Queensland are joined by the spirits of their ancestral 'Popeyes' (grandfathers). 
    Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Lauraine Barlow shares this beautiful mystical experience with us.
    Aunty explains that ’Country’ is "the land, the animals, the place, the water, the sea, the people – it’s all that in one; and it’s knowing that you fit in there".
    Aunty Lauraine also shares how she was called to go on a healing journey up the entire length of Queensland to “sing the spirits on”, and how you’ll know when it’s time to make your own ‘power stick’ when you’re ready to really walk in the way you chose to follow your life’s purpose.
    Keep listening also for an interesting introduction to the Australian rainforest pygmies.
    For links to the ‘Act’ that Aunty Lauraine refers to in Part 1, and to more information about the Yarrabah mission, head to my blog for this podcast on www.songlinesaustralia.net.

    • 37 min
    Aunty Lauraine Barlow - "Hearing Country"

    Aunty Lauraine Barlow - "Hearing Country"

    Ever felt a strong urge to ‘go bush’, hit the surf, climb a mountain, or just sit by a river?
    Respected Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Lauraine Barlow, explains how she can hear Country call and welcome her, and that Country can also tell one when it’s time to go away again to carry on life’s purpose.
    Aunty Lauraine also tells us how ‘half-blood’ children were taken from their families and forced to live in the segregated dormitory system at Yarrabah Anglican mission, and how copious files were kept on all Aboriginal people documenting their every move.
    Aunty Lauraine shares with us her full Aboriginal name and how she came to be the proud custodian of a beautifully-carved Black Wattle walking stick, and talks about ancestral totems.
    We also talk about songlines, Dreaming paths, the living energy of water, and responsibilities that attach to knowing the songs.
    The ‘Act’ Aunty Lauraine refers to when she talks about exemptions is The Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 (Qld). A link to a copy of the Act will be included in my blog for this episode on www.songlinesaustralia.net website.

    • 26 min
    Dr John Bradley - "Singing Saltwater Country"

    Dr John Bradley - "Singing Saltwater Country"

    Over 35 years ago, Dr John Bradley took up a teaching position at Borroloola in the Northern Territory, at a time when Yanyuwa children were flogged for speaking their own language at school.  Defying policy, John encouraged his pupils to speak in their native tongue and he, in turn, gradually learned the Yanyuwa language from the Elders.
    Don’t keep history a mystery - come with us and explore some of the real history of Australia as John talks about the commentary around songs and stories, and shares tantalising snippets of his vast knowledge about the timeless nature of songlines as taught to him by the Yanyuwa people.
    For anyone even remotely interested in the complex but intriguing concept of Aboriginal songlines, “Singing Saltwater Country” written by John Bradley with the Yanyuwa families, is definitely a ‘must-read’. 
    Find a link to John’s work, including incredible 3D Dreaming and other animations created by the Monash Country Lines Archive project, on the website at www.songlinesaustralia.net.

    • 45 min
    Garminungeena, Jenny Thompson - Part 4 - "Weaving in a New Dreaming"

    Garminungeena, Jenny Thompson - Part 4 - "Weaving in a New Dreaming"

    How is it that oral cultures, that didn't rely on writing, could memorise and accurately hand down vast amounts of information and knowledge for millennia?
    Garminungeena, Jenny Thompson, talks about the importance and sacredness of song in Aboriginal culture; and demonstrates how deep emotions expressed through mournful wailing and singing, and the practice of deep listening to others and to Nature, can help in healing personal and planetary pain.
    Garmi concludes the final part of her podcast with a message from the heart that it is time for all of us to "weave in a new Dreaming".
    The other parts of Garminungeena's podcast are:
    Part 1 - "It's Time";
    Part 2 - Women's Business, Family and Seven Sisters; and
    Part 3 - "Get on to your Dreaming Track".
    See also Songlines website for more info on each episode (currently being updated).

    • 28 min
    Garminungeena, Jenny Thompson – Part 3 – “Get on to your Dreaming Track”

    Garminungeena, Jenny Thompson – Part 3 – “Get on to your Dreaming Track”

    In this part 3 (of 4) of Garminungeena, Jenny Thompson’s chat with me, Garmi recounts the traditional Dreaming story of Nungeena, and discusses how healing groundwaters underlie some song- and ley lines.
    We also discuss the connection to land, and how the individual energy or spirit of a place can be felt even if you’ve never been there before.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

1 I'd Dragon ,

Love the stories

I am a Dharug ally and Aboriginal education enthusiast always seeking to deepen my knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal ways of knowing doing and being. I have really enjoyed hearing the stories and learning more about song lines.

Soozoo11 ,

Grateful

I have been listening to this podcast while walking in the mornings in the bush near me. Just loving it. I feel very privileged to be able to hear all these stories. Thank you.

ELWYenny ,

Interesting podcast!

Great show Lynne. Interesting to hear all stories and listen to people you interview. I think you are a natural and can’t wait to “travel” more. Well done! Yenny

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