The Men of the Fifth World

The Men of the Fifth World

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They are the original inhabitants of the land called Australia by the white man. They have been there since the beginning of time, since the dream time, when everything they know was created. Their people know how to sing each and every place of this sacred country, while they contemplate Gee, the Sun God. Each song is a living map, which describes a specific path, the course of a river, a mountain or forest. If you brought together all these songs, which are passed down from generation to generation, and which come from dreams, they would compose the map of Australia.

At twilight, the humming of the Didgeridoo, their religious instrument, reminds them who they are and what they are doing there. It is the beat of their tradition, which keeps them united and attached to the land. Yaka Garimala, an Australian aborigine as foreigners call them, is going to tell you what their world is like.

His country is enormous. It is the most beautiful country in the world. They have deserts, jungles, savanna, plateaus and mountains with deep canyons carved by furious torrents. The sea is all around. Along their coast, there are bays and inlets and sacred cliffs like the one of Bickerton Island. This is where he lives.

The elders have the important task of initiating the young into their customs, explaining their history to them and teaching them to respect the traditional laws. They were already there thousands of years ago. They were around at the same time as what the white man call Homo sapiens. In the caves and caverns, they can feel the influence of the spirits of their ancestors. If you sleep there, you can see them in your dreams and receive their messages. They come and fill you with their strength, and when you wake, you feel very good.

These are sacred places for them. In the past, people lived in caves and natural shelters like those. Across all their territory, you can find paintings made by their forefathers in which they speak of the dreamtime, the creation and how they lived 50,000 years ago. In the Kakadu National Park lies a block where the rainbow serpents stopped after creating the world, and was painted on a rock so that people could see her. Over time, their forefathers left on the rocks a complete collection of images which depict their way of life and their beliefs.

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Adam
Adam
2 years ago

Who is the narrator for this I love this guy

MelbourneBackpacker
MelbourneBackpacker
4 years ago

i agree with some of things ozzie says but the culture does not have to be completely wiped out. instead they need to be pointed out what is uncivilised and what isn't

Ceci
Ceci
5 years ago

Beautiful....endearing... same story worldwide.

JasonJolley
JasonJolley
6 years ago

Mook: Ozzie sounds like he was 'dragged up' rather than brought up. These issues will always be beyond Oz and his ilk, because he/she has no capacity to join such complex dots to get to the bigger picture. They reduce everything to the simplistic chunks of misinformation - not only to feel empowered by foisting it upon others - but as way of rationalising the issue to accomodate their own limited capacity for intelligent thought. Anything beyond a racist spray would be overwhelming. Oz will never get it, and that's ok - there are enough people of goodwill in this nation to make a difference - Oz's understanding/empathy simply isn't needed.

Mook
Mook
7 years ago

Ozzie,
I don't know what to say other than I'm truly embarrassed for you and your parents who "brought" you up. Absolutely there is a huge problem in remote communities with our mob. But if you had one iota of intelligence and objectiveness you would try and understand why has one of the world's most complex cultures deteriorate into the precarious culture it is today. You need to understand that our people had an impressive kinship system, a law system and the respect for this planet that the "invaders" ever had or ever will have. Tens of thousands of years of this perfect compatibility with the earth, suddenly to be told not to speak the language, not to perform traditional song and dance and to assimilate in a foreign culture almost "overnight". Exacerbated by the racism, our classification animals and introduction of alcohol and disease from the "invaders". Then "you" have the audacity to say that Australia takes good care of us? Australian welfare system takes care of a myriad of people from all walks of life in all types of situations. To all the people reading this comment, please refer to "Ozzie's" comment above. Clearly from an uneducated, uninformed bigot who has no respect for himself, let alone for other people. I am a proud Aboriginal man from Far North Queensland and I am an informed person who has a full time job, owns his own house and feel's sorry for our "Ozzie". Clearly he has many spiritual levels to reach until he even starts to get it.

raine
raine
8 years ago

Ozzie, you obviously get your false facts from the false media. I get access to small interest free loans and the food bank and I am not aboriginal. Did you know that a lot of remote aboriginal communitys do not get to choose what they eat? They are mostly delivered a truck load of crappy food and soft drinks, the money is taken from their so called benefits. Why arent we all treated like that if morons lie you think that is fair. Its absolutely disgusting. And you Ozzie are a major part of the problem, and all those with your attitude. You all want to rememeber the ANZACS and the Bali Bombings but hey fuck what happened to the 'abos'...get over it. Get over your own selfish ego and learn the true History of this country.

eleni_aus
eleni_aus
8 years ago

Baiame is the 'creator' in SE Australian Indigenous mythology .... Wiradjeri of Western NSW, Eora and Kamileroi / Gamilaraay of Sydney area etc. In NT thought it was more Altjira (for Arrernte) or Barnumbirr for Yolgnu, Ngintaka for Pitjantjatjara.... This doc seems a strange mix of material....

Chawada Baangulanyi
Chawada Baangulanyi
9 years ago

what is the theme/message/purpose of the film?was there a deeper theme other than the documentary main topic?

Ozzie
Ozzie
10 years ago

As an Australian that is informed on our abos, this doco leaves so much out about an "interesting" race of people

The child abuse in these remote areas is appalling and extremely
common, they marry children to elders. One case last year in the NT
showed that a 4 yearold native girl was so abused she committed suicide. And thats not an isolated case

The goverment keeps them in "dry" communities (no alcohol, no drugs)
for a few different reasons, though all are aimed to cut down abuse and
violence within those native communities.

I understand the "whites" took their country but frankly Australia
takes good care of them, free this free that. No interest loans ect
ect..

Truth is these people are not some great culture to this land, they
are viewed as the parasites that they are to their own children/people

We should of played cowboys and abos....

megatron_mcdaniels
megatron_mcdaniels
10 years ago

They got swag.

Regan Heavey
Regan Heavey
10 years ago

I love their stories - and would love to see more docs - the more the better so the Aborigines may get recognition and respect for their customs and art.

RBNZ
RBNZ
10 years ago

Having one aboriginal dude tell you about the Australia is like having a Croatian tell you about Europe. There are so many tribes/families/language groups. So many different perspectives. Keep that in mind when you watch this...