Aboriginal people have their own set of their spiritual beliefs which are often conveyed through stories. The Dreamtime is the Creation Period in Aboriginal spirituality and there are many stories surrounding The Dreamtime, such as the story in this video clip. This video features the Rainbow Serpent, named Goorrialla; a sacred creature that Aboriginal people believe to be the creator of humans. In this video we are told the story of how mountains, trees, birds and animals were created. This video was created by two prominent Aboriginal people; Dr Richard Walley and Dick Roughsey.
Although this video clip is only three minutes, it tells not only this Aboriginal story but also gives an insight into how Dreamtime stories are incorporated into other elements of Aboriginal culture, such as digeridoo music in the auditory background and Aboriginal themed art in as the visuals. This tells students that a belief system is not an isolated entity, but exists alongside other aspects of a culture, making them inextricably linked.
In a classroom, I suggest this video could be linked to English studies as students could sketch pictures as a storyboard in order to show the series of events which occurred and how character’s actions influenced the creation of landforms and animals.
This video is a great resource as it gives great insight into Aboriginal Dreamtime stories as well as some understanding of Aboriginal culture and religious beliefs.