Written By: Gary Wonning
an excerpt from my book about life in the outback of Australia
Rock Art only has meaning to the author, it tells the story of some happening, it is ancient graffiti.
A Corroboree or songfest is the retelling of old stories, creations, they recreate through song and dance. They are practiced so the old ways won’t be forgotten, red facial paintings and costumes were all teaching aids, and stories and music are memory aids.
The stories and legends are laws on which Aborigine life is based.
We had to be careful, some of the aborigines don’t want to be photographed, they believe the picture carries the spirit of the person being photographed and if photographed it could destroy the spirit, the spirit resides in the photograph and thus leaves the person.
When the white man first appeared they wouldn’t let anyone photograph the rock art as they thought it destroyed the spirit of the painting.
While visiting White Horse Galley, we had the opportunity to observe Didgeridoo player Marcell Riguett. He was the first nonaboriginal to be granted permission to play here. This was my first opportunity to actually observe the Didgeridoo being played, it was interesting in that the musician actually breathes in through his nose and out through his mouth at the same time.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
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