Tie Design: Gathering by the River by Barbara Egan
Aboriginal people are regarded as the landowners of Australia. Their respect for the land is considered to be more than a place. They respect every mountain, river, waterhole, tree, animal, etc. and they consider them as a part of their living. Aboriginal ancestors are believed to be the creators of all the land and objects that are essential in day-to-day’s life.
Traditional Aboriginal laws of food hunting involve bush food, seafood, wildlife hunting, etc. However, they never do anything to hoard or spoil the nature of their environment. They honor their ancestral lands and the teachings from those ancestors. In many occasions, Aboriginal people gather near the river for various ceremonial rituals, where they perform dances, rock-art, story-telling, etc.
Barbara Egan comes from Robinvale region of Victoria. She grew on the Murray River in Robinvale. With her connection towards her land of Robinvale and the Murray River, she would never move out from there. Her dreaming’s mainly involved River Dreaming, Emu Bush, etc.