From an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander view of creation, people have always been in Australia since the land was created.On mainland Australia, the Dreaming is a system of belief held by many first Australians to account for their origins.To many Aboriginal Australians there is little to celebrate and it is a commemoration of a deep loss.
Ancestral beings moulded the landscape through their actions and gave life to the first people and their culture. From an Indigenous perspective the Dreaming has existed from the beginning of time.
Renowned author Tom Keneally discusses why the finding of ancient human remains in the Willandra Lakes region is among his top three Defining Moments in Australian History.
These sites are comparable with the petroglyphs of Native Americans and the Rock Art found elsewhere in Australia, but are not restricted to rock carvings.
Many of the sites are on the Register of the National Estate.
In 1946 the Commonwealth and state governments agreed to unify the celebrations on January 26 and call it ‘Australia Day’.
The day became a public holiday in 1818 (its 30th anniversary).
“The USA does not choose the arrival of Christopher Columbus as the date for its national day.
Like many other countries its national day marks independence.”From an outside perspective one might think that Aboriginal people embrace the day to protest. Aboriginal woman Professor Jakelin Troy is the Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at the University of Sydney.
In the Dreaming all-powerful beings roamed the landscape and laid the moral and physical groundwork for human society.