'Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are the oldest continuous living traditions on Earth. This book celebrates the deeply felt relationships between these Aboriginal peoples, the land, and their sacred heritage of the Dreamtime. All aspects of Aboriginal life derive their ultimate context from the Dreamtime—the primordial creation epoch that Aborigines have reenacted in ceremony since time immemorial—and from the essence they share with their Spirit Ancestors. This sacred source, known as the Law, underlies every activity of these people, fills all aspects of daily life with sacred purpose, and creates an enduring sense of connection for them to the land and to each other. Myth, kinship, song, dance and ceremony are all interwoven within a spiritual tradition that extends back into the timeless past and forward into an eternal future. Women and men occupy distinctly separate yet complementary spheres, each with its own unique traditions. And rituals celebrate every transition in life—from conception and birth, through entry into adulthood, to the ceremonies that make up "women's business" and "men's business," to the various stages of maturation, old age, and death. Wisdom from the Earth illuminates many facets of Aboriginal cultures and explores a number of the major Dreamtime songlines, ceremonies, and other spiritual practices, through eighty-two stunning color photographs accompanied by text—including some unforgettable dialogues with Aboriginal elders.' (Source: Amazon website)
One of two documentaries that reflect both the Aboriginal way of life as it was before white man's interference and how white civilisation has been accepted into Aboriginal culture.
The first film, Lalai Dreamtime, deals with the Dreamtime and the tribal traditions of the Worora people of the Northern Kimberleys, reflected in their mythology. In Floating This Time, Woolagoodjah further develops the theme of Aboriginal tradition, this time as it interacts with European culture.
Lalai Dreamtime explores the passing on of traditional wisdom, as an old man takes his son to a sacred place to explain about their ancestors, the "Wandjinas," and outline their mythical foundations. It also shows the traditional life of the Worora tribe.
Filmmaker Michael Edols encouraged Sam Woolagoodjah and his family to return (after thirty years' absence) to their Worora tribal lands and to re-enact for the camera some of their sacred dreaming stories and traditional ways.