“For Aboriginal people, land is not only our mother - the source of our identity and our spirituality - it is also the context for our human order.” Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action
“Land is very important to Aboriginal people with the common belief of 'we don’t own the land, the land owns us'. Aboriginal people have always had a spiritual connection to their land, and because of this connection many Aboriginal people will not leave their country. Those who do leave, tend to always come home to visit, keeping the connection.
Land to Aboriginal people is a major part of their identity and spirituality. They have a connection and sense of belonging to their land. They gain their strength through their land. Many believe this is because old ancestors were buried in their country and the spirits protect and care for the land and those still alive.” Adapted from Marion Kickett's PhD thesis
“Land has recuperative aspects that are essential to Aboriginal well-being. Our land has an important part to play in healing. The land is a powerful healer, as is the sea.
When your ancestors have walked these places for millennia, they hold an energy of timelessness that invokes serenity and the feeling that one is not alone, but in the presence of these ancestors, who are able to communicate via the senses and convey the feelings and thoughts that are most conductive to healing.
When we are able to sit on our land in contemplation and hear, feel or see the spirits of our old people, than we have been to a place within ourselves of great depth and connectedness. It is this place we need to go to in order to truly heal ourselves: and once we have learnt how to do that, then we can move forward.” C. Clarke and D. Fewquandie