Sunset to Sunrise (ingwartentyele – arrerlkeme): This is the Dreaming

Sunset to Sunrise (ingwartentyele – arrerlkeme): This is the Dreaming
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Arrernte Mat-utjarra Elder Rupert Max Stuart sits by the fire, telling his descendents a yarn about the Dreaming. Max has a grandfather from the Lurritja side, and a grandfather from the Arrernte side, and says he didn’t know which one to believe, though they were both telling the same Dreaming just in a different way. Max says that though blackfellas don’t have the bible, ‘…we still know the ten commandments’. Max explains that the beliefs of Indigenous peoples are different altogether and the Dreaming can’t be seen by women, but only by men and it is men that hold the stories, and that the Dreaming – that runs through the ground – is the ten commandments. Before the township of Alice Springs, Max explains, the Indigenous peoples were self governing and had a good life, until the white men came and destroyed it.

Summary by Romaine Moreton