Tell us a little bit about yourself, please.
My name is Lowanna. I am seventeen years old. I live with my parents and my sister Allira in a small village in the outback. I belong to the people of Anangu. White people call us Aborigines.
Do you know much about your culture and your history?
I think I do. When I was smaller, my grandmother used to tell me stories and sing songs of my people. These stories and songs have passed from generation to generation. I am going to pass them on to my children and grandchildren one day. Our history, our secrets, and our dreams are told in them.
Are the Aborigines an old people? Where did they come from?
White people say that we arrived to Australia between 40,000 to 60,000 years ago. But this is not true. We believe we are much older than that. At the beginning of time, supernatural beings came out of the Earth and took form of humans, kangaroos, lizards, snakes, and birds. They travelled around the empty Earth and created this world and everything in it. They gave birth to the first Aboriginal people. This time is called Dreamtime.
How did your ancestors live?
For thousands of years, my people lived in the same way. We walked through the outback. The land gave us everything we needed – the food, the water, the wood to make boomerangs, the plants to make medicine. It gave us shelter. We made everything we needed. The elders had the knowledge how to survive. They passed it on to their children. We knew that we were part of nature, just as plants and animals were. We didn’t change our land. We respected and loved it.