Inspired by beeblu and Sacred Cave I am impelled to share my Dreaming Story too. We live on the edge of a Dreaming Track, an important trail used by aboriginal people who lived here before invading Europeans took the land almost two hundred years ago. When we became associated with the land twenty two years ago we began a resident’s group to protect what we felt was valuable from the encroachment of council road builders and other developers. Gradually as the new wave of settlers moved onto their acres we applied for government grants to make the Bingie Dreaming Track, linking Congo Beach with Tuross Beach through the Eurobodalla National Park.
It was a dream, but working with National Parks and local volunteers it has all come to pass. Of course local aboriginal people were consulted through the process, and National Park’s ranger local Brinja-Yuin woman Trisha Ellis officiated at the opening ceremony of the second section.
Trisha was taught by her grandmother about the Dreaming Track between Congo and Bingi, and the walking tracks along the coast used by people to access the abundant resources of fish and shellfish in this area. Elders speak of camping along the coast here feeding on kangaroo, and eels as well, while they were taught traditional lore.
“….’Bingi’ is a Dhurga word meaning stomach. When repeated as in Bingi Bingi Point it
indicates abundance and therefore is interpreted to mean an abundance of food is available in this area. The Bingi-Congo walking track forms part of the Dreaming Track utilised by the Brinja-Yuin people prior to European development. The walking track (as did the Dreaming Track) brings you in close proximity to shell middens, stone quarries, napping sites, campsites and fresh water sources. There were also beacon sites for sending smoke signals, areas abundant in a particular foods and lookouts traditionally used for spotting schools of fish and visitors (wanted or unwanted) to the area. The Dreaming Track although used as a highway had a much deeper spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people in that it was, and still is believed, that the Spirit Ancestors of the people created the Dreaming Track in the journey of creation across the land. ……” [Trisha Ellis 4.2.2006].
Here are some notes to help you understand the concept of Dreaming Tracks:
“The Dreaming” or “Dreamtime”as it is called in English refers to the creative era when the landscape was given form by the activities of Spirit Beings, the spiritual ancestors of
Aboriginal people today. In the southeast coastal region, the focal Creation Beings were
Biame and his wife Birrahgnooloo, who gave form to waterways, landforms, animals
[including totems], humans, power to ‘clever people’ and the overarching Aboriginal Lore.
Rivers and valleys mark the route taken by Ancestral Dreaming beings. These routes are
often called Dreaming Tracks. Along Dreaming tracks waterholes and mountains mark
places where the ancestral beings camped and meet, for instance. These places are often
referred to as ‘sacred sites’ and often relate to the availability of water and other natural
resources. Some Dreamtime mythologies cover vast distances, traversing tribal and linguistic boundaries, whilst others are more localised and mark discrete territories. Through traditional ceremonies, usually involving songs, Aboriginal people describe, or retrace the routes travelled by spiritual beings in the Dreamtime past