13th of SepTIMEber and I'm bringing something I feel is quite important to the table of instagram.
I feel the platform of social media, is a fast-fashion, food-for-thought industry, hoping to please the masses, and not those intellectually interested. Basically a meme server or quick hit of scroll, for those who need an aesthetic unconscious flick of the thumb. Always taking in data or sending out half-felt emotes.
But, a legacy left by the indigenous of any country, culture or race, is absolutely beautiful and a wonder to behold. Take the Oceania subcultures, the various islands and their customs. All so different even if a few 100 kilometres separated them.
Today I'm talking about the Australian indigenous folk and their idealogies on keeping it alive. The best way to keep it alive is the stories and songs and art we have to refer to today, and sharing it everywhere, everyday so it doesn't get lost through generations, but embraced, transmitted and acknowledged.
One of the most controversial items of Australian indigenous folk, are their Songlines. I'm not going to go deep into this, but a basic understanding is necessary to make my point. A song line is a story about a spirit, who created the world around them as they would sing everything into existence as they walked, this is called a dreaming. People associate with a certain dreaming, and the songline is the song or story or art they use as a map for the path it speaks of. The song keeps the memory and the culture of the pilgrimage alive.
This is controversial because that makes everything on the track essentially a sacred heritage landmark, and businesses wanting to make use of land in theory shouldn't disregard sacred land because they would also be destroying a heritage of wealth, far more valuable than a railway line or an opal mine. The songs sung, keep history in the present. They keep what is sacred, as it should be.
Too often people don't have or respect sacred space, even in places of worship are mundane and no areas are left for truly transcendental space in modern societies.
Ancient Songlines have done what most people wish to "carry" or "leave" in their lifetime, a legacy.