Tuesday, 2 September 2008

G for Guurrbi my special place.






In the caves of Hope Vale are these rock paintings to be found. This is an interesting tour along the caves and through the forest, where our guide Willie Gordon showed us the use of various herbs, and bush medicines.
Willie Gordon says:"My country is north of Cooktown, in Cape York, Far North Queensland. It's on The Bama Way, an Aboriginal trail through Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji country, which people can follow today, identifying places of historical and cultural significance along the way.
In the past our spirituality was woven into every level of our existence;it made us strong helped us to make good clear decisions, governed our laws.Our laws took into consideration all living things: animals, plants, birds as well as human beings. The laws were there to ensure the survival of all of my people, and the environment in which they lived. So in the past these two S's -Spirituality and Survival- were central to our existence."



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20 comments:

RuneE said...

Very fascinating indeed. I think they have kept a contact with nature that many of us have lost.

A fine post

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

very interesting G post!!

Abraham Lincoln said...

These are really beautiful, Wil. It is sort of odd but my post for tomorrow on my brookville blog is about cave paintings or mentions them. Right now I have a G item on my blog. I hope you get to see it.

I only got one Grumpy Alien posted for "G." He is at Thunder Maker

kjpweb said...

Cool slideshow! Great "G"'s! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Liz said...

The Aborigine people have the right idea. Those are wonderful paintings.

Greyscale Territory said...

These rock paintings are fascinating. Love the sensitive interpretation of the world. If only we could learn from their insights.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Fascinating! Unique! Wonderful ABC post, Wil.

photowannabe said...

Thank you for the slide show. This is so fascinating. I love the "other-worldlyness". I guess I just made up a word. Hope you can understand.

leslie said...

Fascinating place - I'd love to see those myself. :D

naturglede said...

Very spesial G. Love it!

Tommy V said...

interesting and love the slide show

Kim said...

these are wonderful wall paintings, thank you for sharing them with us.

Bear Naked said...

I have always been curious about cave paintings.
Your photos are great.

Bear((( )))

The Mulligan Family said...

I love all of your "G" posts. Your grandchildren are beautiful.

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

GGreat G-post, and very interesting.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Loved this slideshow... found it quite fascinating... thanks.
Mountain Retreat

Columbo said...

I really enjoyed the posting, and I enjoyed your blog site. I want to get down to Australia and see the Country, the people, and all the sites. Amazing posting, thank you.

antigoni said...

Wonderful pictures. I just love exploring caves.

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a beautiful Blog! And your choice of music is wonderful! Are the titles displayed somewhere on your Blog? I must have a future hunt when time's not so pressing. I'm a white Australian (British by birth).In my youth I lived in Africa. I was always guilty of feeling superior to aboriginal people, but now, as the world spirals down, I realise that they probably had the answer all along.

Sherry said...

I enjoyed your slideshow so much, Thank you for sharing! I love aboriginal art! I know a man who has worked in the Outback with local artists for years, and have seen their work, and all I can say is wow!