Ubicado al norte de Queensland bajo el Golfo de Carpentaria (Frente a Indonesia), la comunidad Indigena de Doomadgee tiene muchas historias que contar...miles de años soñando sobre fuego sagrado, caceria, libertad y respeto por esta magica tierra roja
Aboriginals believe in two forms of time. Two parallel streams of activity. One is the daily objective activity ... The other is an infinite spiritual cycle called the "dreamtime," more real than reality itself. Whatever happens in the dreamtime establishes the values, symbols, and laws of Aboriginal society. Some people of unusual spiritual powers have contact with the dreamtime.
In traditional Aboriginal belief systems a creative epoch known as the Dreamtime stretches back into a remote era in history when the creator ancestors known as the First Peoples travelled across the land, creating and naming as they went.Indigenous Australia's oral tradition and religious values are based upon reverence for the land and a belief in this Dreamtime. The Dreaming is at once both the ancient time of creation and the present day reality of Dreaming. There were a great many different groups, each with their own individual culture, belief structure, and language
The temperature in summer exceeds 50 degrees celcius...
The Aboriginal mission of Doomadgee (Near to the Goulf of Carpentaria, Australia) was originally established on the coast near Burketown in 1931. It was established by the Christian Brethren after the local police sergeant in Burketown had suggested that the local Aborigines, predominantly the Gundalita people, would be happier if they were removed from the fringes of the township.
The settlement was moved inland to its present location after a cyclone in 1936 made conditions on the coast impossible. The coastal site had never been satisfactory as it lacked a good and reliable water supply.
The present site was settled in 1937 with the building of log hostels and a school. Located on the Nicholson River and with a good local well the people survived on bush tucker and vegetables they grew in their gardens.
In the early 1980s the government moved to establish self administration at the mission. The Christian Brethren workers, most of whom were working as school teachers, helped to establish the Aboriginal council and for a number of years worked in conjunction with the local elders to ensure that there was a smooth transition of power. In 1983 the Gundalita people gained control of the town and in 1988 the last of the mission people moved out. The town is now controlled by the Doomadgee Aboriginal Council.
Today the town has a population of about 1200 of whom 1100 are Aborigines.
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