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Monday, 16 May 2016

Introduction of the letter S

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 Introduction of the letter S.

The S shape reminds me of a snake.

This is a very dangerous snake in Australia, which is a continent with many kinds of snakes. This one is the Taipan. It's bite is lethal if you are not fast enough to have the wound treated. Actually it is a very shy snake. In the breeding season however it can be very aggressive.


It is no wonder that the indigenous people of Australia believed that the snake

is a sacred creature. 

The Rainbow Serpent or Rainbow Snake is a common deity, often a creator god, in the mythology and a common motif in the art of Aboriginal Australia.


Painted by Sakshi Anmatyerre

Painted by Sakshi Anmatyerre

Painted by Sakshi Anmatyerre

Painted by Sakshi Anmatyerre

Painted by Sakshi Anmatyerre



In Cooktown near  the Endeavour River we find a beautiful work of art created by the local people of Cooktown and the Aboriginal compound Hopevale. It's called the Milbi Wall, which means Wall of Stories.

It has the shape of a snake and consists of three parts representing :

1  The dreamtime.

2 The first encounter of people from other continents, like Captain Cook from Europe and lateron Chinese golddiggers.

3 The present

On this wall the artists have depicted the Aboriginal legends, tales and historical events.





From the Milbi Wall Story:


To acknowledge the significance of the first known European contact with the Aboriginal people of the area, Cook Shire Council decided, as a reconciliation project, to have a Memorial to tell from an Aboriginal point of view.



 

Cook Shire Council invited local Aboriginal people to tell their story in ceramic tiles and build a Story (Milbi) Wall right at the spot where, in 1770, Captain James Cook and his crew first set foot.
Milbi is the Guugu Yimithirr (local Aboriginal language) word for story.




The Milbi Wall was developed by a group of local Aboriginal artists and storytellers, with assistance from a well-known potter and the Gungarde Aboriginal Corporation.
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18 comments:

  1. Nice intro to the letter S! See you tomorrow morning...

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  2. Unfortunately, with my phobia, I couldn't get past the first photo. Sorry, Wil, but I can't even look at photos of these creatures and I know I would not do well in rural Australia. I'll check out your personal blog though.

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  3. Much prefer the colorful and creative 'snakes' and the tiles and all of the post and photos are wonderful!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  4. ik geloof dat een slang wel het dier is waarmee ik het minst heb.... maar je afbeeldingen zijn prachtig, zeer kleurrijk en ware kunstwerken.

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  5. I really liked this information Reader Wil. I loved the aboriginal art work. I am not a big fan of snakes in the real world, we just don't get along. But I do love the Australian history and the art work. I like that Memorial with the various parts. It is similar in some ways to our Canadian First Nations stories and art work. I love how they give credit to the Dream Time. In our culture we do not recognize dream time. There is much we could learn from them. cheers.

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  6. The culture and art of the aboriginals is fascinating to me! Such a unique way of looking at things. Love that bench with tiles you photographed! Thank you for hosting, Wil:)

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  7. very beautiful, colorful pictures :)
    have a nice day

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  8. Beautiful artwork. So good the story is told.
    Good onya, Cook Shire Council, for this reconciliation project.
    Thanks for this nice story, Wil.

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  9. I love all the beautiful artwork inspired by a creature that is sometimes scary. I wasn't familiar with this colorful Aboriginal style, only with the more traditional kind using earthy colors only. Blessings!

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  10. Unlike many people, I like snakes—and that artwork is wonderful!

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  11. Splendid intro!
    My "S" stands for SUNRISE in SOUTHBANK with SHINING SKIES

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  12. Sensational snakes! Thanks for hosting!

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  13. Slithering Snakes!
    My "S" is for SHIP in SYDNEY HARBOUR, a SEA photo!

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  14. And my last "S" is for SINGAPORE

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  15. Snakes are wonderful creatures, but then I think so because I was born in the year of the snake. :-)

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  16. Snakes give me the chills.
    http://www.36hourworkweek.com/2016/05/s-is-for-starbucks.html

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  17. I am having trouble getting to Ramblin with Roger's link.

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