Traditional Aboriginal society is structured by systems which organises all aspects of Aboriginal life and perceptions.
The systems have a foundation of skin groups and moieties which determine an individual's rights to marry in to particular groups.
These custodial relationships may determine who can speak for particular Country.
These concepts are central to Aboriginal spirituality and continue to contribute to Aboriginal identity.
All Australian Aborigines shared an intimate understanding of, and relationship with, the land.
That relationship was the basis of their spiritual life and shaped the Aboriginal culture.
This period ended with the rise of the sea following the last Ice Age and the development of an estuarine environment 8000 years ago.
All of Australia's Aborigines were semi-nomadic hunters and gatherers, with each clan having its own territory.
Coming to Mungo I get a different sense of feeling, that I'm home. Roy Kennedy, Ngiyampaa Elder My mother was taken away from her people, and from her Country.
You seem to know when you're back in your own Country. And likewise me, and my brothers and sisters, we were taken away, the stolen generation.
Land is fundamental to the well-being of all Aboriginal people.
The 'dreamtime' stories explain how the land was created by the journeys of the spirit ancestors.
The expression 'Dreamtime' refers to the 'time before time', or 'the time of the creation of all things', while 'Dreaming' is often used to refer to an individual's or group's set of beliefs or spirituality.