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”
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.
Aunty Lauraine Barlow – “It’s all about Country”
Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Lauraine Barlow, shares with us the beautiful mystical experience of two little boys dancing for the first time on country at Buddabadoo in Far North Queensland who are joined by the spirits of their ancestral 'Popeyes' (grandfathers).
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"; and tells us about the Australian rainforest pygmies.
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.
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 Elders in the community.
In this podcast, John shares some of his vast knowledge about the timeless nature of songlines as taught to him by the Yanyuwa people.
Garminungeena, Jenny Thompson - Part 4 - "Weaving in a New Dreaming"
Garminungeena, Jenny Thompson, talks about the importance and sacredness of song in Aboriginal culture.
Garmi also 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.
In this final part of her podcast, Garmi concludes with a message from the heart that it is time to weave in a new Dreaming.
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 groundwater underlies 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.