Dreamtime or Dreaming for Australian Aboriginal people represents the time when the Ancestral Spirits progressed over the land and created life and important physical geographic formations and sites.
Aboriginal philosophy is known as the Dreaming and is based on the inter-relation of all people and all things. The past of the Spirit Ancestors which live on in the legends are handed down through stories, art, ceremony and songs.
The Dreaming explains the origin of the universe and workings of nature and humanity. It shapes and structures life through the regulation and understanding of family life, the relations between the sexes and obligations to people, land and spirits.
Before European settlement of Australia, there were around 600 diverse Aboriginal populations, based on language groups.
Australian Aborigines have the longest continuous cultural history of any group of people on Earth. Educated estimates date this history around 50,000 years. leo.