My Worldviews

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All cultures have distinct social and individual worldviews that form a collection of beliefs (or stories) about the universe and life. Worldview is an overall perspective, derived subjectively, a sense of self, beliefs and value systems, philosophies, or ‘mindsets’ based upon individual interpretations of the nature of reality and self-understanding. The worldviews and philosophy of Australia’s first people’s convey plural perspectives through song, dance and stories. Indigenous people’s philosophies contain many similarities to my own ideals for ‘being’. My worldview is who I am, my lived experience and acquired knowledge.

The Dreaming is a cosmogony, or account of the universe’s creation. It is also a cosmology, explaining the creation
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I encountered a replicated way of being, a direct societal reconstruction of my Anglo-European origins, transposed on another landscape. I knew not of The Dreaming, which combines elements myth and science to articulate Indigenous realities of life’s beginnings. When Captain Cook ‘discovered’ Australia’s East coast there were many languages and around 600 dialects spoken by Indigenous peoples. Language diversity resulted in different expressions to describe ‘The Dreaming’ across the continent. (Edwards 2007, pp.1-15 ) Stanner (2009, p. 58) proposed that The Dreaming depicted a map of abstract, timeless concepts of past, present and future. Narratives of the dreaming embodied things that had once happened and gave insight to what is to come, illustrating an organised system of laws and values of significance to Indigenous people. Stories like, Kaldowinyeri, (Watson 2002, pp. 17-58) are known as mythopoetic narratives which feature in many different cultures. They convey moral and spiritual knowledge, ideas and values to future generations. They offer an intertwining of truth with myth, using imaginative means of expression. In contrast to my Western worldview, that distinguishes fact from surreal forms of expression, science and myth were not interpreted as binary …show more content…
As a young immigrant, I am culturally adrift. Not defined by any geographical region or large family structure. I am missing that sense of oneness, connectedness and belonging; having a ‘carinya’ or resting place. For the first peoples the law, or ‘nungas’ was of the earth, to be danced, painted, eaten, walked upon, and dwelled within. It was captured in song, embodying love and respect for the land based on a foundation of loving, caring and sharing with respect for all things. (Grieves 2009, pp. 20-24.) From my Anglo perspective, such concepts are appealling, in spite of the differences to my learned way of being. Australia’s first people listened to the natural world, it spoke to them and connected them to their ancestors, both human and animal. Aboriginal people saw themselves as natural custodians and a part of the land. By preserving and caring for the land they preserve and care for themselves: Life has no end. (Grieves 2009, pp 12 -14.) Elder Old Tim said; “Dead man look around think about him Dreaming. Make himself kangaroo, goanna, bird, crocodile …. [Law] From that dog” (the dingo.) (Rose 1992, p. 49) They lived in the moment encircled by the past, present and future. (Grieves 2009, p 27) As I search for my “moora” and to “live in the moment” the words of Uncle Bob Randall touch deeply. (YouTube,

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