How the Rainbow, Moon and Stars were created puzzle 12 pc
THE MURRI ART JIGSAWS
MILAYBUMA – the Barramundi Dreaming
In the Dreamtime . . . Many centuries ago, two aboriginal women were working in a grassy field, culling the wildflowers and weaving their stems into garlands for self-decoration. On this same field was an Ancestor Spirit of the Dreamtime, practicing the throwing of his magic boomerangs. A boomerang, in its homeward flight, fell to earth at a spot just next to the women. One of the women picked up the magic boomerang and kept it for herself. The Ancestor demanded it back and ordered the woman to bring it to him. But she refused, and made derisive comments about his skill with the boomerang. She told the Ancestor she would keep it. This brought great anger to the Ancestor and he put a curse upon both women, and everyone from their tribe as well. By the Ancestor’s magic they were all swept up into the sky until they shone brightly in the distant as stars. For the woman who had taken the boomerang, the Ancestor turned her into a boomerang in the sky, which we know as the new moon. Through the month she grows fatter until she is a fully round full moon. The other woman had in the eyes of the Ancestor commited a smaller crime, and being a minor culprit was turned into a rainbow who would only come after the rains.
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The Dreamtime is a complete legal, social, and religious system of beliefs. The name is the literal description of its creed. There is a fusion between the dream and the time. Every moment of the past, present and future are as of a ‘dream’ in our minds. The Dreamtime evolved over 100,000 years. It is a window into the heart and soul of the ‘Australian experience’. As humanity struggles to find harmony with nature, it is a bridge between the two forces of progress, technology society and traditional society.
The ancient styles of the Murri nation remained a link to an older time, before roads and cars and modern conveniences. Before acrylic paint we had ochre’s, earth colours. And they lay at the heart of indigenous art. The Murri people find there spiritual home in tropical Queensland, a land less impacted by the modern urban society. Here indigenous people get to live closer to the Dreaming and follow their songlines without the endless need to be economically productive in order to survive. Whilst this lifestyle creates problems, it also offers a chance for indigenous people to submerse themselves in the heart of the old culture. For that Murri art holds a special place in our understanding of a people who do not own the land, rather the land owns them. This is the beating heart of country, and why it draws them so.