Milaybuma..The Barramundi Dreaming Puzzle 12 pc

This is the story of the Ancestor Nagorku, a Creation Ancestor who followed the great songline, (journey) of the Barramundi Dreaming. His journey took him along the coast from Cape Don, North Queensland, inland into the rivers and creeks of the region. There he found a ‘Dreaming’ site for the Barramundi at Maragalidpan Creek. This tale starts with the fishing village, where the dreamtime barramundi, says the legend, was spotted by three hunters, one of whom, Nagongbid, approached and managed to spear him. But before they could return for the great feast, the Ancestor Nagorku steals the dilly bag and Barramundi. He flees southwards, towards the inland creeks and rivers. The brave men of the tribe follow. They must battle through the gullys and cross danger waters. Along the way they must battle against the monsoon and floods. Along the way, they meet the wise praying mantis and helpful dolphin, which aid them in their chase of the Ancestor Nagorku. They crept upon Nagorku as he slept by the Maragalidpan Creek. They stole back the great Barramundi Milaybuma, and he cooked upon banana leaves that night.


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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.


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