Dreaming The Land

Dreaming the Landmusic of the Pintobee peopleCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here’s a program from our archives.For the Pintobee people of Western Australia, there is a living connection between their environment and their traditions. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Myers: The primary way to understand how Pintobee people think of their relationship to land is to understand their concept of what we translate in English as ‘the dreaming.’Fred Myers is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University.Myers: Pintobee people believe that they’re spirits. Their essence comes from the mythological period, in the past, when ancestral beings moved across the land, performed actions that created the landscape in the form that it has now. And among those actions was leaving behind of the essence of persons. So whenever a woman becomes pregnant, that’s the point at which Pintobee believe that a spirit or essence from ‘the dreaming’ has entered the woman and animated the fetus, and the person is said to come from that place. And to share an identity with the place and the ancestral beings who created that place. And therefore, people identify themselves as from a particular ‘dreaming’, from a particular myth, at a particular place. And their rights to ownership of land are derived primarily from the place where they were conceived.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Dreaming The Land

Their homelands are rooted in the myths of the past. This archival program is part of our 30th anniversary celebration.
Air Date:07/13/2018
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Dreaming the Landmusic of the Pintobee peopleCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here's a program from our archives.For the Pintobee people of Western Australia, there is a living connection between their environment and their traditions. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Myers: The primary way to understand how Pintobee people think of their relationship to land is to understand their concept of what we translate in English as 'the dreaming.'Fred Myers is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University.Myers: Pintobee people believe that they're spirits. Their essence comes from the mythological period, in the past, when ancestral beings moved across the land, performed actions that created the landscape in the form that it has now. And among those actions was leaving behind of the essence of persons. So whenever a woman becomes pregnant, that's the point at which Pintobee believe that a spirit or essence from 'the dreaming' has entered the woman and animated the fetus, and the person is said to come from that place. And to share an identity with the place and the ancestral beings who created that place. And therefore, people identify themselves as from a particular 'dreaming', from a particular myth, at a particular place. And their rights to ownership of land are derived primarily from the place where they were conceived.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.