If the Australian Aboriginals have been here for at least 40,000 years, they must possibly be one of the most enduring communities on the planet, one of the oldest population groups.✶ How did they manage that? What's their secret to survival?
There are several. But surely one of the primary ones would be the ability to fluidly change their way of life as climates and geography change. They used to be coastal and get their food sources from the ocean, but as they had to move inland, they became hunter-gatherers.
Secondly, they live in balance between their inner and outer realities; between the soul world and the material world. This way they receive guidance from deceased ancestors, their own inner knowing, and spirits.
Thirdly, another reason their society has survived is because of the strength of the structure of their family unit. The family is jointly supported by the collaborative efforts of both parents. The women either catch fish or gather edibles. The men hunt and at night the family members share the achievements and the events of the day around the fire. The children contribute too. The girls fetch water and the boys gather firewood. Everybody plays an important part of the family unit's survival.
✶See: Atitlan, Land of the Serpent Priests
Ciara Young says
Rogier, please might we be able to ask Almine if the concept of receiving guidance and support from ancestors is relevant for Original Ones (especially in the instance that we are aware that our "birth families" are a constructed phenomenon), or only for humanity?
I have tended to completely ignore this subject for the above reason, yet recently I have had some powerful dreams that clearly indicate overlooked gifts attempting to be delivered by previously overlooked "ancestors".
What happens when a boy or girl is born who wants to do the opposite of what is predetermined by their physical gender i.e. girl gathers wood, boy collects water…? PS: This has absolutely nothing to do with the transgender agenda. Some girls are better at hunting and boys at cooking. What happens then…
Almine seems to be describing a truth behind appearances. Everyday life for most indigenous Australians is nothing remotely like described here. Government interventions are of long standing and myriad. Family was disrupted generations ago by destructive policies and practices and the effects of the Stolen Generation linger to this day. Alcoholism and drug use in the community has led to race-specific prohibition type laws which are making international news at the moment as discriminatory. Today is actually Australia Day but many celebrations are curtailed or cancelled due to societal tension.
What is the insight to be gained from this dissonance?
She is (obviously) referring to those Aboriginals that have maintained the traditional way of life and culture in the Outback (such as Anangu, Yolngu, etc.) not the 'westernized' ones.
There is more on this here:
Thanks for the clarification, Rogier.
The question I was asking is what is the insight to be gained when observing the very great differences between those living in a Western culture and those who are still able to live traditionally?
In the action of writing this, the answer I received was ‘balance the sub-personalities'
Thanks again, Rogier
Dhani Nallainathan says
Yep, that's the way to do it. Thank you for this question.