Australian Cultural Dance Kaelyn Parish & Cydnee Carter


There is no exact date for when the Corroboree started but even today it is still a major part of the Aboriginal Culture.

Through singing and dancing the Aboriginals celebrated the Dreaming in which they called upon their mythological beings praying for anything that would benefit their tribes such as rain and crops.

An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements, by Captain James Wallis,

The Crane Dance

The Crane Dance shows the feeding ground ritual of the crane through dance and song interpretation. The Aboriginals found this dance among many to be an important part in their culture.

The Dreaming

Recognized as a celebration of past, present, and future.

Mythological beings travelled and caused natural features to occur.

During ceremonies it was celebrated through song and dance.

The Corroboree

-An Australian Aboriginal gathering that takes the form of a dance ritual or informal gathering.

Used to celebrate ceremonies that ranges in themes. Some examples are funerals, weddings, and even spiritual gatherings.

The costumes and designs depict what they are celebrating.


Paint design- Indicated type of ceremony and which family or language group was participating.

Dress- The costumes worn depicted the ceremony being done.

Instruments- Were reserved for certain ceremonies. The most popular instruments were the didgeridoo, string, clapsticks, and bullroarer.

People- Dances were reserved for certain genders. Some allowed people of all ages and genders while some only the men, women, or children participated in. This dance was taught to children by tribe elders and was danced by the tribe.

Dance- The dance was usually a tribute to a specific animal or something that the tribe worshiped.

Strong Families Strong Culture & Laura Dance Festival

Both Organizations focus on Aboriginal history. They plan events that celebrate and teach the culture of these tribes with the help of tribe elders and adults.Each event takes place in towns that are still influenced by their ancestors. Both will take place from June 30 to July 2.


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"Welcome to the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet." Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet - Helping to 'close the Gap' by Providing the Evidence Base to Inform Practice and Policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Creative Commons, 2015. Web. 10 Jan. 2017. <>.

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