I WILL TELL YOU A SONG
In the 60s a geologist Jim Bowler uncovered skeleton of a woman on the banks of a long-dried lake bed who had died some 23,000 years ago. Today, based on studies of methods in multiple fields, it is estimated that it was a time around 60 - 70 000 years ago when the first human foot touched the land. The journey was realised during low ocean levels off the southern tips of islands north of the Australian landmass.
And so one day in that time, on a very concrete day just as today, some boat appeared in the distance and shortly foot of one first man touched the wet ground of the shore of the land that lived its history without a human for hundreds of millions of years. An event that can have its parallel perhaps only in landing on another planet that has fully evolved living and thriving ecosystem extremely similar to that we know. Although in its immediacy it had to be more ordinary moment to the people of the time that were so totally interconnected with the elements of Nature and whose perceptions as separated entities were much less prominent. This wasn’t an isolated event but it happened many times in other regions of the planet as the man moved from Africa to find a new home, though the distant regions in the Pacific experienced this in much more recently.
Ceiling of this 10 m high overhang saw these generations, countless life stories and witnessed many nights illuminated by fires all the way to prehistory. It is 200 years since this culture met people of the other worlds. A culture of people that inhabited vastness of a challenging environment that has then sculpted their souls.
Nikkor 16-85 @16 mm, f9, sunrise; D90
The people of aboriginal descent used verbal transfer of their knowledge mostly by use of songs. The song played a vital role in the aboriginal spiritual life but was equally important in most practical aspects as these blend in their lives. So when a mother passed her knowledge to the child, however practical the subject it was, it was done by a song she sang. There are many examples of songs and other expressive means that connect the intuitive insight of the Aborigines and their practical world.