As a traveller, understanding Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander story is an invitation to understand Australia’s first and original story.
To look up into Australia’s glittering night sky is to be transported to another place and time. It’s no surprise that for Australia’s First Peoples, their stories and spirituality originate from the world around them. Indeed, that these places had names and stories going back millennia, long before the arrival of the British in 1788.
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – a term used to describe the Aboriginal peoples of mainland Australia and Tasmania and the Indigenous peoples of the Torres Straits – learned how to navigate by understanding astronomy and the movement of the stars. So, the constellation of the Pleiades represents the trans-continental journey of the Seven Sisters whose story is shared by many cultural groups across mainland Australia. Over generations, these stories have been passed down in an unbroken lineage, connecting spirit to people, people to place, place to culture, and embracing family, community and home country.