ABORIGINAL SPIRITUALITY

Thank to Terry McDevitt, Head of RE, Spirituality & Philosophy at Westminster School, SA for starting this list. Your suggestions are welcome.

DVDs and STUDY GUIDES

Kanyini DVD and Study Guide

KANYINI is a story told by an Aboriginal man, Bob Randall, who lives beside the greatest monolith in the world, Uluru in Central Australia. Based on Bob’s own personal journey and the wisdom he learnt from the old people living in the bush, Bob tells the tale of why Indigenous people are now struggling in a modern world and what needs to be done for Indigenous people to move forward.

A tale of Indigenous wisdom clashing against materialist notions of progress, this is not only a story of one man and his people but the story of the human race.

The DVD Kanyini and its teacher notes go the closest to explaining Aboriginal, culture, identity and spirituality in lay terms than anything I have viewed in the last 15 years.
Frank Pearce, State Coordinator Aboriginal Education, NSW CEC

Yolngu Boy DVD and Study Guide

YOLNGU BOY is about the search for identity, making the journey from adolescence to adulthood and the implications of belonging to a larger social group, whether it be a culture, a family or a group of friends. Shot in Arnhem Land, the film features an all-indigenous lead cast including Nathan Daniels, Sean Mununggurr and John Sebastian Pilakui.

A Study Guide for Teachers has been developed and includes Learning Activities for Upper Secondary students. Key Themes include:

  • Rites of Passage and Personal Growth
  • The Search For Identity
  • Friendship
  • Rules, Rights and Responsibilities
  • Culture

Rabbit Proof Fence DVD and Study Guide

RABBIT PROOF FENCE is a powerful film based on the true story and experiences of three young Aboriginal girls (Molly, Gracie and Daisy) who were forcibly removed from their families in Jigalong, Western Australia in 1931 and sent to the Moore River Native Settlement. The film puts a human face on the ‘Stolen Generations’ – a phenomenon which characterised relations between the government and Aborigines in Australia for much of the 20th century.

Rabbit Proof Fence is based on the book, Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence written by Doris Pilkington Garimara, Molly’s daughter.

Rabbit Proof Fence – A Resource Guide from the AIATSIS Library includes:

TEXTBOOKS

  • Aspects of Religion, Howard Clark, Science Press 2007 (Yrs 7-12)
  • Spotlight Studies of Religions – HSC, Howard Clark, Science Press 2007 (Yr 12)
  • Studies of Religion Preliminary, Nicholas Coleman, Science Press 2006 (Yrs 7-11)

BOOKS

This text has been prepared by a group of Aboriginal Christian leaders with the aim of integrating the traditions of Aboriginal culture with the traditions of Christianity.

The starting point for this theology is the land from which these Aboriginal Christian leaders believe their ancestors emerged and for which they still feel responsible as custodians of the sacred. Deep beneath the land is the Rainbow Spirit or Rainbow Snake, the eternal source of life and spiritual power. They identify God the Creator with the Rainbow Spirit and see in Christ the incarnation of the Rainbow Spirit in human form, which for them is Aboriginal Australian.

  • Someone Else’s Country, Peter Docker, Fremantle Arts Centre Press
  • Where the Ancestors Walked, Philip Clarke, Allen and Unwin
  • Treading Lightly, Karl-Erik Sveiby and Tex Scuthorpe, Allen and Unwin
  • A Cry in the Wind, Tom Austen, Darlington Publishing Group
  • Why Weren’t We Told?, Henry Reynolds, Viking
  • Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, Richard Trudgen, ARDS Inc.
  • Rob Riley, Quentin Beresford, Aboriginal Studies Press
  • Wisdom Men, Banjo Clarke, Penguin
  • Reading the Country, Benterrak, Muecke, and Roe, Fremantle Arts Centre Press

MUSIC

WEB RESOURCES

  • Apology To Australia’s Indigenous Peoples
      Prime Minister, House of Representatives, Parliament House Canberra – 13 February 2008
  • Why we should be sorry
      Stolen Generations speak in their own words (Audio slideshow)
  • AIATSIS Website & Links to Web Resources
      Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • ABORIGINAL CHRISTIAN ART

    STATIONS OF THE CROSS #11
       Station of the Cross #11 by Richard Campbell

    INFANT JESUS
       Infant Jesus , Art from the Balgo Hills, Australia

    Aboriginal Spirit
     Sourced from Teree Spencer’s article, Towards an Indigenous Theology


    See more Aboriginal Christian Art

    THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE YUAT NYOONGAR PEOPLE

    Spanish Benedictine monk, Bishop Rosendo Salavdo, established a mission at New Norcia in Western Australia for the local Yuat Nyoongar people in 1846. Today, the monastery at New Norcia is still home to a small community of Benedictine monks who live a simple life of prayer and work.

    One of the monks and former Abbot of New Norcia, Father Bernard Rooney, in conjunction with The New Norcia Aboriginal Corporation, has worked tirelessly to research and portray the life and culture of the Yuat people. Striking panels housed within the New Norcia Education Centre offer a comprehensive insight including a module on Pathways of Belief – The Spiritual Life of the Yuat. Interactive Educational Programmes for students and adult groups are offered by the New Norcia Education Centre

    Pathways of Belief – The Spiritual World of the Yuat Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 address the following:

    • The Creator Spirit
    • The Spirit of Evil
    • The Great Serpent
    • The Human Condition
    • Old Rites of Passage: Birth of Children
    • A New Life: The Rites of Christian Initiation
    • The Miracle of New Norcia
    • The Rituals of Death
    • Marriage
    • Ritual, Music & Dance
    • A New World of Belief & Education

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