Australian Aboriginal Art - Dreamtime

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The Dreamtime

The Dreamtime for Aboriginal people is the time which the earth received its present form and in which the patterns and cycles of life begun. Sometimes creating their surroundings and sometimes changing into animals or people, the Dreamtime reflected the events and characters of daily life in the Australian desert.
The expression 'Dreamtime' is often used to refer to the 'time before time', or 'the time of the creation of all things, while 'Dreaming' is often used to refer to an individual's or group's beliefs.

The Dreamtime stories

Australia Aborigines created stories to teach each other about the Dreamtime, these stories taught about life, including birth, love, food gathering, hunting, warfare, marriage and death but also about the Creation.
The Aboriginal traditional way to educate about the Aboriginal History, Culture and Laws was storytelling, using a combination of Arts form such as painting, singing, music and dancing to illustrate the ancient "Dreamtime Stories". Traditionally, people telling a story would use the haunting sound of the didgeridoo with song and dances, but also symbolic drawing were created. These designs were traditionally used as body paint decorations for corroborees and as sand paintings for ceremonial purposes.
Because the "Stories of the Dreaming" have been handed down through the generations, they are not owned by individuals. They belong to a group, the storytellers is choose by the Elders, and have the obligation to pass the stories along, ensuring that young people build and retain a sense of who they are.

Aboriginal Art

Today paintings are created using modern-day materials, but the use of traditional symbols and art styles helps to keep this ancient culture alive. The symbols used in contemporary Aboriginal paintings are the same as those found on cave paintings and rock Art.

Dot paintings

Dot painting are the traditional visual art form of the Aborigines in Western Australia Central Desert. The canvas is covered in small dots of paint which create patterns and symbols. These symbols can easily be recognize by those familiar with the Dreamtime Story illustrated.
Bright colors are now more common with the use of acrylic paint, but traditional dot painters used natural pigments such as ochre, crashed seeds.

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